Illinois Governor Signs Bill Meant To Protect Abortion Access

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Illinois Governor Signs Bill Meant To Protect Abortion Access
​The new law also establishes that "a fertilized egg, embryo or fetus" does not have independent rights in the state of Illinois.
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On Wednesday, Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker signed an expansive abortion access protection bill that would make the procedure a "fundamental right" for all women in the state.

The Reproductive Health Act "establishes the fundamental right to make individual decisions about reproductive health care, including contraception, abortion, and maternity care." It also states that "a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus" does not have independent rights in the state of Illinois.

In a statement, Pritzker said: "In a time when too many states across the nation are taking a step backward, Illinois is taking a giant step forward for women's health. ... In this state, women will always have the right to reproductive health care."

The new law repeals the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975, which made it illegal for doctors to perform abortions that were not deemed "necessary."

The new law will take effect immediately.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.