Statement from Rep. McDermed on Reproductive Health Act Vote

Springfield, IL…. Today the Illinois House of Representatives narrowly approved the Reproductive Health Act 64-50-4. State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) issued the following statement in regards to her NO vote:

“Illinois already has some of the most liberal abortion laws in the nation. The fact that this bill was brought forth suddenly after languishing for months means it is a knee jerk response to laws being passed in other states. States largely operate independently of one another and we should not let anger at another state’s actions dictate our own here in Illinois. Regardless of the future of Roe v. Wade, abortion will continue to be safe and legal in Illinois with or without this legislation. However, with the sweeping number of regulations repealed by this legislation, the so-called Reproductive Health Act goes much further than even pro-choice Illinoisans would go for. It puts women and unborn babies in danger by deregulating the abortion industry, opening up doctors who refuse to perform abortions to civil liability, jeopardizing parental notification, and eliminating restrictions on post-viability abortions.”