Springfield, ILLINOIS — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — applauded Illinois Governor Pritzker for signing House Bill 4664 into law. In addition, HRC commended the bill’s sponsors, State Senator Celina Villanueva and State Representative Kelly Cassidy, for introducing this critical legislation, and Equality Illinois for its advocacy in support of the bill.
HB 4664 protects access to gender-affirming care and reproductive healthcare. It will also protect Illinois healthcare providers who are providing care, including abortions and gender-affirming care, from being targeted by states that have outlawed such care.
Human Rights Campaign Legal Director Sarah Warbelow released the following statement:
“Governor Pritzker’s historic step toward protecting healthcare – including reproductive and gender affirming care - from the political and unconstitutional attacks by other states targeting patients and providers comes at a vital time. The escalation of dangerous attacks against transgender people and on reproductive healthcare, particularly abortion care, has reached a crisis point. Everyone deserves access to care, and today’s law moves us in the right direction.”
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ+ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.
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