abortion

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New legislation would make the most dramatic changes since the 1970s to Illinois law dealing with abortion.

The prime target is a statute enacted after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision, which legalized abortion nationwide. State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) calls it the "trigger" law.

She says the administration of President Donald Trump is responsible for an awakening in women’s rights.

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Eighteen Illinois women's health organizations have sued Gov. Bruce Rauner over a law requiring pregnancy centers to tell patients about the benefits of abortion despite conscience-based objections.

Thomas Olp is an attorney for the Thomas More Society, which filed the lawsuit Thursday in Sangamon County.

The measure requiring dispensing of abortion information changed a 1977 law allowing health care professionals to refuse to provide services they consider morally objectionable.

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A northern Illinois judge has granted an injunction to health care providers who are suing the state over a law that requires them to provide information or referrals to patients seeking abortions.

Winnebago County Judge Eugene Doherty granted the injunction Tuesday. He says the providers who object to abortion "raised a fair question" about whether the law violates "their right to be free from government compelled speech."

The group filed the lawsuit against the state in August after a state law was amended in July to include the new requirements.

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Health-care providers in northern Illinois who object to abortion are asking for a preliminary injunction against a state law that requires them to provide information or referrals to patients seeking the procedure.

a women’s health non-profit, a Rockford medical center and a Downers Grove physician filed a lawsuit against Gov. Bruce Rauner and other state officials in August after the law was amended in July.

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Several northern Illinois crisis pregnancy centers are suing the governor over an amendment to the Health Care Right of Conscience Act.

The provision requires health care providers disseminate information about abortion to women that ask about the procedure, even if they have a "conscience-based objection.”  

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