022522CM0723SPRINGFIELD – Following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, State Senator Adriane Johnson supported a measure that further enshrines reproductive health care rights in Illinois.

“One of my top priorities has been – and always will be – protecting basic fundamental rights of those in this state,” said Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove). “People should have the right to make decisions about their body and proper access to reproductive health care. I’m proud of Illinois’ continuous fight to remain a safe haven.”

While several states have implemented more restrictive laws to diminish reproductive health care rights following the overturn of Roe vs. Wade, Illinois has continuously worked to enshrine those rights. House Bill 4664 protects health care professionals in Illinois from restrictive laws from other states and provides privacy and protections for people who seek abortion or gender-affirming care in Illinois.

Under the measure, Illinois health care providers will not be penalized for providing care that is illegal in another state but legal in Illinois, and people in Illinois won’t be punished for seeking reproductive health care that is lawful here.

The measure also calls for a number of other avenues to protect choice, including protecting in vitro fertilization, creating grants to provide abortion training, clarifying advance practice nurses can perform abortions, and more.

“Illinois has been a safe haven for women protecting their right to choose during this challenging time and will continue to do so,” said Johnson (D- Buffalo Grove). “Through this action, we are ensuring that Illinois remains a step ahead of states trying to outlaw such care.”

House Bill 4664 passed the Senate Tuesday and awaits further consideration from the House.