Community reacts to signed Reproductive Health Act

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Illinois is now the most progressive state in the nation for women's reproductive rights after the governor signs the Reproductive Health Act.

"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," said Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker.

This bill allows women to have abortions later in pregnancy, Doctors can't be penalized for performing them and women will be provided more insurance coverage for the procedures. 67th District Representative Maurice West supports this bill saying women deserve a choice.

"My ancestors had physical chains and laws that governed their bodies. We fought a civil war because we wanted to keep black bodies enslaved and chained. Now you are asking me, a black man to put policy chains on a woman's body," West said.

"This act drops all regulations that all abortion clinics be inspected. How does that help women’s health," said Illinois Conservative Union Board Member Jane Carell.

Carell believes this act is a mistake.

"This law that appears to be looking out for women it makes abortion I guess the sacrament of the Democratic Party. The all sacred thing because we will see many more abortions here in Illinois," Carell said.

But this new law won't keep Carell from fighting for what she believes is right.

"We will continue to let our legislature know how sick this legislation is and that we oppose it," Carell said.

This bill is effective immediately.