Illinois House passes abortion, gender care bill


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois House passed a bill Thursday night that would strengthen reproductive rights and gender affirming care.

The bill targets several areas, including availability of contraceptives as well as abortion and gender-related medications.

It allows the state to grant temporary licenses to out-of-state doctors and nurses who provide reproductive services.

A similar bill is under consideration in the Senate, but it does not include the gender-related language.

Also passed was a bill that would ban assault weapons statewide. It came six months after the deadly mass shooting at Highland Park’s Fourth of July Parade. 

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