Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) issued the following statement today regarding his vote in support of House Bill 40, legislation that ensures women in Illinois continue to have access to important reproductive health care:

“Consider what we know about how President Trump sees America. We know he has objectionable views on women’s autonomy, and we know his administration has been surprisingly eager to scale back laws supporting groups of people who fought hard to earn basic civil rights in the first place.

“With Trump in the White House and a bull’s eye on Roe v. Wade, it is incumbent upon Illinois lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner to act today to protect women’s ability to access safe reproductive medical care, free of government intrusion or interference.

“We cannot allow Illinois to return to the days when women had so few options for reproductive care that they desperately resorted to back-alley quacks, poison, knitting needles, disappearing from public sight or suicide to deal with unwanted pregnancies. That’s not who we are as a state, and that’s not how women should be treated.

“I urge Gov. Rauner to keep his campaign promises to do the right thing where House Bill 40 is concerned and sign it into law immediately.”

House Bill 40 passed in the Illinois Senate 33 to 22 on Wednesday. It previously was approved in the House and will be sent to the governor for consideration.

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