Taking action to support HB40. As IL law stands now, if Roe v Wade is overturned and/or the ACA is altered or repealed, abortions in Illinois become dangerously close to being illegal and access and coverage becomes non-existent for some state employees and all women on Medicaid (i.e. poor women). No matter what your feelings on abortions, I hope we can all agree that this is a very personal, difficult decision for women to make. Illinois needs to remain a place of choice for the women in our communities as well as a safe haven for women across the country who seek proper reproductive care. To do this, we need to pass HB40. This bill strikes language from the existing anti-choice law - with harmful language from the 1970s - to secure abortion access and coverage for all in Illinois.
What Can YOU Do?
PLEASE CALL YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVES AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT HB40. To find your state representative, click here (just change the zip code/location if it is showing you my reps:)
Where is help most needed?
All reps could use a call to encourage them that their constituents support the bill. However, the following are some of the reps who are potentially "flippable" to support this bill:
KELLY BURKE (D): Oak Lawn, Palos Hills, Chicago Ridge
FRAN HURLEY: (D): SW Chicago - Chicago Ridge, Oak Lawn, Orland Park
LESHAWN FORD: (D) West side of Chicago - Austin, Oak Park, Berwyn, La Grange, Brookfield, Forest Park, Riverside, Proviso Township
BOB RITA: (D) West Pullman, Calumet Park, Robbins
If you live in these areas or have family and friends who live in these areas, the suburbs of Chicago, or outside of the Chicagoland area, please forward this information to them.
When Should I Call? What's the timeline?
NOW! (Well, Monday-Friday while offices are open...but do it this week!) This bill will likely be voted on in committee this coming week and will then be voted on by the full Illinois House of Representatives within the coming weeks. So call this week to tell your state representative to support HB40
What Should I Say? (Sample Script)
Hi! My name is -------. I live in ----- and am a constituent of Representative -------. I am calling today to urge ------ to support HB40. Whether she has private or government-funded health insurance, I strongly believe that every woman should have coverage for a broad range of pregnancy-related health services, including abortion.
(If your rep is on the list above or is not planning to support, you can add:) I will be watching the outcome of this vote and if Representative --- does not support the bill, then during the next election cycle, I will work to put someone in their place that cares about women's health issues.
(If your rep plans to support:) I will be watching the outcome of this vote and look forward to Representative ------ standing up to support the passage of HB40. Thank you for supporting this important legislation.
To learn more: http://www.aclu-il.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/HB-40-fact-sheet.pdf