There’s never been a more opportune time for someone in Illinois to be proactive in the fight to protect reproductive health care than now. This week, the Illinois General Assembly might pass a bill that would forever protect a woman’s right to choose, as well as allowing people on Medicaid to have abortion procedures covered under their plan. As shocking as it might sound, these protections are currently banned under state law. This means that if Roe were to be overturned, there’s a state law on the books which would make abortion illegal in Illinois. To give you context, the Guttmacher Institute reports some 42,000 abortions were provided in Illinois in 2014 alone.
We cannot be passive in our fight for human rights. We cannot wait to see what happens in Washington, but we can use our voices to ensure women have the right to choose what’s best for their body in our state. Anti-choice groups are well aware of the bill and are working diligently to stop this bill. Which is why Personal PAC, Futures Voice Council, Planned Parenthood, The ACLU, and Men4Choice banded together to pass HB40.
We cannot be passive in our fight for human rights. We cannot wait to see what happens in Washington; rather, we can use our voices to ensure women have the right to choose what’s best for their body in our state. Anti-choice groups are well aware of this legislature and are working diligently to stop this bill. We need to pass HB40 and here is what you can do to take action:
Over the next month, there will be multiple opportunities to volunteer your time to phone bank or canvass (in multiple areas across the Chicagoland area to spread the word about HB40). Visit www.passHB40.com to sign up. Any assistance you can offer is valuable!
Your state legislators want to hear from you about legislation, especially about bills as important as this one. All it takes are a couple of phone calls and a couple of in-person visits for them to get the picture of where their constituents stand. Even if you know your elected officials support this bill, thank them and let them know you support their decision.
As a long term goal, find out what committees your representative sits on. That way you can hone in specific bills when the time comes to creating change.
3. Spread the Word!
Reach out, and spread the word via social media. Provide tangible action items, so people don’t feel helpless. Sometimes it will be about passing laws and other times it will be about spreading the word about upcoming events! Finally, Social media etiquette is incredibly important. Before you hit the post button, go through this checklist:
Approximately, Six million women live in the state of Illinois. The educating, activism, organizing, we do in the new couple of weeks could have a direct impact on their right to choose. Join the movement and let’s create the change we want for the future of this state.