Gov. Pritkzer signs Reproductive Health Act

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CHICAGO (WIFR) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Reproductive Health Act on Wednesday to expand abortion access in the state.

The Reproductive Health Act removes restrictions on abortions later in pregnancy and any criminal penalties for doctors who perform abortions. It repeals the state's Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act and the Illinois Abortion Act of 1975.

Under the new law, insurance coverage for the procedures and contraception will be expanded.

“Illinois is demonstrating what it means to affirm the rights of individuals to make the most personal and fundamental decisions of their lives, no matter your income level, race, ethnicity or religion," Pritzker said. "When it comes to contraception, abortion, and reproductive care, this law puts the decision-making where it belongs: in the hands of women and their doctors."

Pritzker's office says the act will help Illinois become one the most progressive states in the nation for women’s reproductive rights.