And as a number of states around the country ramp up their attack on reproductive rights, Illinois and Nevada took steps Friday to expand abortion protections. In Illinois, the Senate passed the Reproductive Health Act, which asserts the “fundamental right” to have an abortion and declares that a “fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights.” The Illinois House already passed the measure, and Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker, who has publicly backed the bill, is expected to sign it into law.
In Nevada, Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak signed the Trust Nevada Women Act on Friday, which decriminalizes certain acts related to providing abortions. It also removes the requirements that abortion providers explain the “emotional implications” of an abortion to patients.
The House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing today on threats to reproductive rights in America.