SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS — Illinois Democrats Rep. Emanuel Welch of Hillside and Democratic state Rep. Kelly Cassidy of Chicago have introduced two measures that would expand abortion access in the state by removing a parental notification requirement and a ban on late-term abortions.
The proposed legislation was filed Wednesday, The Chicago Tribune reported. Rep. Emanuel Welch’s bill would repeal the state’s parental notice law, which requires minors to notify a legal guardian before having an abortion. Democratic state Rep. Kelly Cassidy’s bill would remove restrictions on late-term abortions, require private insurance companies in the state to cover abortions and allow advanced-practice nurses to perform the procedures.
“As a woman, a mother and someone who has been a longtime supporter of full access to reproductive care, from contraception, abortion, pregnancy and postpartum care, it is time to modernize and update these laws to reflect the equality of women in Illinois,” the bill’s sponsor, Democratic state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, of Chicago, said in a news release.
Mary Kate Knorr, who heads Illinois Right to Life, said the bills are “extreme” and “irresponsible.”
“This parental notification law is absolutely necessary,” she said. “There are women who are in abuse situations and are being trafficked that this law protects. This parental notification law is a checkpoint for abuse and human trafficking situations.”
Last month Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he wanted to make Illinois “the most progressive state in the nation when it comes to standing up for women’s reproductive rights.”