Illinois governor signs bill protecting abortion and reproductive rights; Filipinos and Catholics react

CHICAGO — Democratic Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill into law last Wednesday that protects a woman’s “fundamental right” to abortion. The legislation, called the Reproductive Rights Act, would require all private health insurance plans to cover elective abortions. It would eliminate abortion reporting requirements as well as regulations requiring the investigation of maternal deaths due to abortion.

41-year old Mae Flores, a devout Catholic says, times have changed for the better.

Meanwhile, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield, the capital of Illinois, says that lawmakers who supported the abortion bill ARE banned from taking communion.

The two Catholic lawmakers, Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan and state Senate President John Cullerton, were among the lawmakers who were barred from receiving the sacrament.

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