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Thursday, April 27

NASW-Illinois Chapter at the Illinois Women March on Springfield

The NASW-Illinois Chapter joined 1,500 protestors to participate in the Illinois Women March on Springfield this past Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Many of the attendees came to march in support of a variety of progressive bills, most importantly on House Bill 40 (HB40) which was being debated that very day in the Illinois House of Representatives. 

With confirmation of conservative US Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch earlier this spring, states are clamoring to shore up state abortion laws. In the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned by the US Supreme Court, HB40 will remove a "trigger law" that could potentially make abortions legal in Illinois. Provisions of the bill also expand abortion coverage for women on Medicaid. Many speakers during the day's rally spoke up about HB40 including Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan and HB40 sponsor Representative Sara Feigenholtz (12th District). HB40 has been in the spotlight recently due to vows from Governor Bruce Rauner to veto the bill should it arrive on his desk. 

Thank you to those who partook in the day's march and rally. If you haven't already, there's still time to contact the governor and demand that he change his mind on passing HB40 which passed the Illinois House 62–55. Take action with one of our action alerts, or call the governor directly at his Springfield office (217-782-0244) or Chicago office (312-814-2121). 

Related News

Crain's Chicago Business: 5 things to know about Illinois abortion bill HB40

The State-Journal Register: Women march outside as abortion bill debated inside

Chicagoist: Illinois House Advances Abortion Bill HB40

Posted on 04/27/17 at 11:50 AM


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