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File #: 17-5296    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
File created: 9/13/2017 In control: Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee
On agenda: 9/13/2017 Final action: 11/21/2018
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE PASSAGE OF ILLINOIS HOUSE BILL 40 WHEREAS, Cook County government has a public health mandate and funds the Cook County Health and Hospitals System which delivers integrated health services with dignity and respect to all residents; and, WHEREAS, The Cook County Health and Hospitals System services over 300,000 individuals every year; and, WHEREAS, the Cook County Health and Hospitals System is building a state of the art Women and Children's Center at Stroger Hospital to better serve this often underserved population; and, WHEREAS, Cook County recognizes the importance of a woman's right to make health care choices including, reproductive health, that best serves her and her family; and, WHEREAS, In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled that this right is protected by the Constitution of the United States; and, WHEREAS, In response to Roe vs. Wade, the Illinois General Assembly enacted a law in 1975 that would trigger language mak...
Sponsors: BRIDGET GAINER, JOHN A. FRITCHEY, LARRY SUFFREDIN, JESÚS G. GARCÍA, JEFFREY R. TOBOLSKI, LUIS ARROYO JR
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE PASSAGE OF ILLINOIS HOUSE BILL 40

WHEREAS, Cook County government has a public health mandate and funds the Cook County Health and Hospitals System which delivers integrated health services with dignity and respect to all residents; and,

WHEREAS, The Cook County Health and Hospitals System services over 300,000 individuals every year; and,

WHEREAS, the Cook County Health and Hospitals System is building a state of the art Women and Children's Center at Stroger Hospital to better serve this often underserved population; and,

WHEREAS, Cook County recognizes the importance of a woman's right to make health care choices including, reproductive health, that best serves her and her family; and,

WHEREAS, In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled that this right is protected by the Constitution of the United States; and,

WHEREAS, In response to Roe vs. Wade, the Illinois General Assembly enacted a law in 1975 that would trigger language making abortion illegal in Illinois if Roe v. Wade was ever reversed; and,

WHEREAS, Illinois law also denies health insurance coverage for abortions for women covered by Medicaid or state employee health insurance; and,

WHEREAS, Illinois House Bill 40 respects the rights of individuals to make their own family planning decisions by removing both the trigger language and the discriminatory insurance coverage provisions; and,

WHEREAS, Passage of House Bill 40 is of critical importance because the current administration has made statements about appointing Justices to the Supreme Court who would be open to reversing Roe v. Wade, creating a real danger that the trigger language would become effective; and,

WHEREAS, Removal of the trigger language is necessary to safeguard a woman's right to make her own choices about her health; and,

WHEREAS, All women should have access to comprehensive health care, regardless of whether they have private or government-funded health insurance.

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