Equal Rights Amendment
Equal Rights Amendment UpdateWe are happy to report that the ERA was not called for a vote this week. Thank you for all your hard work to contact your legislators and reach out to others to engage their help on this important issue. Your efforts combined with divine intervention kept the ERA from moving forward. Your voices were truly heard in Springfield this week!
The resolution to ratify the ERA still remains on the table and can still be voted on, but the Illinois Senate and the Illinois House will not meet again until mid January 2018. Click here for more
November 14, 2016
UPDATE: HB 4013 - State Insurance Public Aid Abortions
Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, Carol Sente, Ann M. Williams, Elizabeth Hernandez, Barbara Flynn Currie, Gregory Harris and Emanuel Chris Welch
This bill is Re-referred to Rules Committee
The language for this bill has also been added to SB1465 as an amendment (House Amendment 1). This bill is in the Appropriations-Human Services Committee. It was not called for a vote during this last session, however it is unknown if this bill will be heard in the committee during the next session.
This bill removes the portion of the State Employees Group Insurance Act that prohibits including the expenses of obtaining an abortion, induced miscarriage or induced premature birth. This means that the State's medical assistance program will no longer exclude coverage for abortions. It also now includes abortions, or induced miscarriages or premature births on the list of services provided. In addition, this bill will no longer prohibit the Department of Human Services from making grants to nonprofit agencies and organizations that use such grants to refer or counsel for, or perform, abortions. So tax payer money could be used to cover abortions and fund grants to organizations who perform abortions. This bill removes all restrictions on tax payer funding of abortions.
Contact your Illinois State Representative and urge them to vote NO on HB4013.
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