2019 has been a landmark year in proactive legislation that safeguards the right and access to abortion. Both Illinois and Vermont passed bold legislation that protects and enshrines the right to reproductive health care.
In Illinois, lawmakers passed the Reproductive Health Act (IL S 25). The Reproductive Health Act protects access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion. Specifically, the Reproductive Health Act recognizes that each person has a fundamental right to make decisions about reproductive health care, including abortion, and treats abortion like all other health care, not as a crime. The Reproductive Health Act builds on the successful passage of HB40 in Illinois in 2017.
In Vermont, lawmakers passed VT H 57, Right to Abortion. This bill recognizes that each person has a fundamental right to make decisions about reproductive health care, including abortion and ensures that those rights are not denied, restricted, or infringed by a governmental entity.
NIRH launched digital campaigns in Illinois and Vermont to celebrate this groundbreaking legislation and to guard against potential backlash by promoting accurate information about the laws.