Reproductive Rights

Bill expanding infertility coverage heads to Gov. Pritzker’s desk

May 18, 2024

SPRINGFIELD (WGEM) – A bill expanding infertility coverage, including in vitro fertilization, is heading to Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker’s desk. The state House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday expanding coverage. It would require all insurers offering pregnancy-related benefits to cover infertility…

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IL House passes banning discrimination based on reproductive health decisions

April 26, 2024

SPRINGFIELD (WGEM) – It may soon be illegal in Illinois to discriminate against someone based on their reproductive health decisions. The state House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday adding reproductive health decisions to the state’s anti-discrimination law. It would ban…

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Illinois House insurance committee approves plan expanding infertility coverage

March 12, 2024

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) — Private insurance companies in Illinois can currently limit patients to four rounds of IVF treatment. State lawmakers removed the cap on infertility coverage for state employees last year. Although, a proposal in the Illinois House could expand private…

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Illinois State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, speaks as Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker listens on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023. Cassidy is proposing Illinois give a $500 tax credit to physicians and patients fleeing states that are limiting access to health care that is lawful in Illinois – which can include abortion, gender-affirming care and fertility treatments. Pat Nabong / Chicago Sun-Times

Democratic Illinois lawmakers propose ways to protect — or expand — IVF

March 6, 2024

Illinois Democratic lawmakers are pushing multiple bills this year to further protect and expand access to in vitro fertilization and other fertility treatments. The proposals come as the Alabama Supreme Court, and conservative lawmakers in other states, push the definition…

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Deputy Majority Leader Natalie Manley has been a leader for reproductive rights and fiscal responsibility. We are proud to have her leading the way to progress in the Illinois House. Learn more about this powerful advocate for the people of Illinois.

Manley Recognized As A Leader In Springfield

July 31, 2023

In recognition of her hard work and dedication in Springfield and her record of advocating on behalf of working people in her community and across Illinois, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, has been promoted to deputy majority leader, one of…

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State Rep. Kelly Cassidy speaks as Gov. J.B. Pritzker listens before Pritzker signed House Bill 4664, a bill that will further protect reproductive health care providers and patients who are seeking care in Illinois, Jan. 13, 2023, in Chicago. Cassidy pushed through legislation to require insurers in Illinois to cover abortion medication and hormonal therapy, part of a package of measures Democrats say protects access to medical services that other states are restricting. (Pat Nabong/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Illinois Democrats Say Abortion-Access Protections Are a Promise: ‘You’re safe here’

May 25, 2023

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Access to abortion is essentially locked down in Illinois. But Democrats are looking for ways to further protect the practice and its availability, including to outsiders who potentially face home-state penalties for seeking treatment here. Legislation…

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Illinois House Democrats continue to fight for women's rights. This week, they passed four measures including one that requires insurance coverage for medication abortion, hormone therapy, and HIV prevention medications.

Illinois House Approves Package of Reproductive Health Care Bills on Partisan Votes

May 25, 2023

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) — Illinois House Democrats approved four bills protecting reproductive health care rights Wednesday night. Senate Bill 1344 will require insurance coverage for medication abortion, hormone therapy for people needing gender affirming care, and PEP or PrEP medication to…

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Chicago Tribune reporter Rick Pearson, center, speaks with House Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch, right, and House Republican Leader Tony McCombie on April 27, 2023, in Springfield. (Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune)

Illinois House Speaker Emanuel ‘Chris’ Welch Doesn’t Rule Out Putting Abortion Rights on 2024 Ballot

April 30, 2023

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch on Wednesday vowed there wouldn’t be another attempt to ask voters to approve a graduated-rate income tax, but did not rule out putting a proposed constitutional amendment codifying a women’s right to…

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Allyson Nogaj leads the “Fascist Judges: Keep Your Hands Off Abortion Medication” nationwide protest along the streets of downtown Chicago on April 15, 2023. (Shanna Madison / Chicago Tribune)

‘This is a wake-up call,’ Chicago Loop Protestors Rally Against Abortion Rights Restrictions, Mifepristone Ruling

April 18, 2023

Demonstrators rallied through downtown Chicago’s Loop Saturday afternoon to protest the wave of restrictions to abortion access emerging across the country. Thousands of passersby turned to watch as around 80 protesters shouting chants and beating drums marched up State Street…

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That legislative push helped turn Illinois into a national leader in reproductive healthcare. It is also likely to soon make it a refuge for people in states as far away as Texas, who will face even less access to abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, as it is expected to do.

“People Woke Up and Realized This Is Real”: Blue State Are Readying for a Post-Roe World.

June 10, 2022

Kelly Cassidy saw this day coming. Some of her colleagues in the Illinois state general assembly thought she was being “hyperbolic,” she says — maybe even “hysterical.” But the Chicago Democrat, a longtime reproductive rights advocate, saw the “fertile seeds”…

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