Senator Steans

October 19, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

With recent presidential executive orders and a Republican-controlled Congress, I believe it is now more important than ever to make Illinois the 37th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

 

I encourage you to join me at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29 for a free screening of the documentary film “Equal Means Equal,” followed by a panel discussion about the ERA and what comes next. Click here to reserve your ticket.

 

Panelists will include Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, State Representative Lou Lang, Illinois National Organization for Women President Michelle Fadeley, Val Krejcie from the League of Women Voters and me.

 

The event will take place in the Niles West High School auditorium, 5701 Oakton St., Skokie. Click the video to the right to watch the “Equal Means Equal” trailer.

 

As a bit of background, there is no federal constitutional provision that expressly guarantees equality on the basis of sex under current law. To add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, 38 state legislatures must vote to ratify the ERA with a three-fifths majority. To date, 36 states have ratified the ERA, with Nevada voting for it this past spring. I have been working to ratify the ERA in Illinois for several years. This past winter, I introduced SJRCA 4 to work on this effort again.

 

Please join me on Oct. 29 to learn more about the ERA, past efforts and what we can do going forward to add equal rights for women to the constitution.

 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 773-769-1717 or reach out online with any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,
Heather Steans
Senator Heather Steans
7th District – Illinois

 

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02162017CM0120State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) issued the following statement in response to the governor’s decision to sign House Bill 40, which protects women’s reproductive rights:


“I am thrilled that the governor decided to honor his commitment and protect women’s reproductive rights in Illinois by signing House Bill 40. Under this legislation, women will have access to safe and legal abortion services regardless of their income, employer or changes at the federal level. This is a great step forward for women in Illinois that would not have been possible without the hard work of constituents and advocates.”

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Senator Steans

September 26, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

Yesterday the House sent legislation to protect women’s reproductive rights to the governor. He now has 59 days to either sign or veto the legislation. As the Senate sponsor of House Bill 40, it is my hope that he will uphold his commitment to support this legislation, but he needs to hear from you.

 

The governor has changed his position on this legislation several times. As a candidate, he wrote that he would “work to ensure equal access to contraception and abortion services” and that he did not like the restrictions to abortion coverage under Illinois law. This past April, though, he vowed to veto HB 40. As recently as last week, he said he was undecided.

 

I encourage you to join me in this fight for women’s reproductive rights by calling the governor at 217-782-0244 or emailing him and voicing your support for HB 40.

 

Up until yesterday, the Senate had placed a parliamentary hold on House Bill 40 to give the governor time to reconsider his pledge to veto it. I am heartened by recent reports that he has stepped back from his threat. This is his opportunity to stand on the right side of history and reaffirm that Illinois will remain a state where women can legally exercise their right to choose.

 

House Bill 40 will provide women with the freedom to make their own reproductive decisions regardless of their income level, employer or any changes at the federal level. Without this legislation, if Roe v. Wade is overturned, abortion would become illegal in Illinois. Given the uncertainty at the federal level, I believe it is paramount that Illinois law is updated to ensure access to safe and legal reproductive health care.

 

House Bill 40 also extends access to abortion services to women on Medicaid and state health insurance. It is my belief that all women should have access to these services regardless of their income level or employer.

 

Again, you can let the governor know that you want him to sign HB 40 by calling him at 217-782-0244 or emailing him here.

 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 773-769-1717 or reach out online with any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,
Heather Steans
Senator Heather Steans
7th District – Illinois

 

 

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Senator Steans on the Senate floorNow that legislation to protect women’s reproductive rights in Illinois has reached the governor’s desk, State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) is calling on him to uphold his commitment to support House Bill 40.

“I am heartened by recent reports that the governor has stepped back from his threat to veto House Bill 40,” Steans said. “This is his opportunity to stand on the right side of history and send a strong message to women that Illinois will remain a state where you can legally exercise your right to choose.”

Up until today, the Senate had placed a parliamentary hold on House Bill 40 to allow the governor time to reconsider his threat to veto this legislation.

“House Bill 40 will provide women with the right to choose regardless of their income level, employer or any changes at the federal level,” Steans said. “Illinois has been a safe-haven where women can legally exercise their right to choose in the Midwest without anti-choice barriers. This legislation takes a big step forward to ensure that freedom continues. I hope the governor will honor the commitment he made as a candidate to support such legislation.”

The governor now has 60 days to take action on the legislation.

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