Making Illinois a Safe Place for Women’s Reproductive Health Care
Personal PAC is implementing a multi-step strategy that will protect reproductive rights for all women in Illinois through 2032. Personal PAC is now directing its attention toward removing remaining reproductive rights restrictions that impede a woman’s access to a safe and legal abortion. Personal PAC is working closely with its legislative partners to accomplish these goals. To learn more, please click below:
Abortion in Illinois Is Under Attack By Right-Wing Extremists
HB 40 prevents Illinois from automatically making abortion illegal and dangerous if Roe is overturned. HB 40 also ensures that women who rely on Medicaid for their health insurance and state employees have access to abortion care. Right-wing politicians are trying to block and repeal HB 40, making Illinois a more dangerous state for all women.
The Reproductive Health Act (Rha)
In June of 2019 the Reproductive Health Act in Illinois went into effect. This modernized the existing Illinois Abortion Law of 1975 that prohibited access for women to legally terminate an unwanted pregnancy. This update to Illinois’ laws gives women fundamental rights to make decisions about their own reproductive health care, including maternity and abortion care.
Since the RHA has gone into effect, right-wing legislators have filed bills for its repeal. If this repeal is passed, it would result in women losing their constitutional right to legal and safe abortions in Illinois, which is why PAC is dedicated to continuing the fight to protect reproductive health care for women in the state of Illinois.
Keeping Abortion Safe and Legal Since 1989
For decades, Illinois had some of the most restrictive, anti-women, and outright cruel abortion restrictions in the United States. In 1989, Personal PAC was founded to reverse that tide. With the help of citizens across the state, we’ve been incredibly successful. But the fight never ends.
The enemies of choice never stop. And neither will we.
Pro-Choice Bills Passed
Election success for actively supported candidates
Anti-Choice Bills Defeated
Candidates Successfully Elected
We Can’t Go Back to This
When abortion is illegal, women are forced to risk everything. Sheila was brave enough to share her story of desperation, cruelty, and abandonment. It’s a story of survival, but one she never should have had to go through. Her story is one too many women have had to tell. We can never go back to those dark and deadly days. With your help, we’ll fight against those who want to drag us back.
“There if I Needed It”
At 17, I was the first of my friends to have sex. Growing up in a middle-class suburb of the Twin Cities, I was lucky that when I thought I was pregnant there was a safe place I could go to get a free pregnancy test without shame or pressure. I was at the top of my senior class and on my way to being the first of my family to go to college – my whole life was ahead of me. I knew that a baby would take away all my future prospects. When the test came back negative I was relieved. Looking back, I don’t think I realized at the time how lucky I was to have the option of an abortion if I needed it. But now, watching the restrictions being placed on a woman’s reproductive rights across the country, I wonder what my life would be like now if that test came back positive.
– Megan, 37
When we share our stories about abortion, we learn about strong women making positive choices to improve their lives and protect their health. We show each other that we are not alone in this fight and that there is a supportive community within Personal PAC. We’d be honored if you shared your story. Let’s remember the lives we’re fighting for.
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