Asian American Women Across Illinois Urge Governor Rauner to Sign HB 40

Governor Rauner is holding the health and wellness of thousands of women in his hands as HB40 awaits his signature. HB 40 is an important bill to protect women’s health.

Any day, Governor Rauner is expected to make a decision to either sign or veto HB 40, and the stakes are incredibly high. Despite his previous promises to oppose bans on insurance coverage for abortion, Rauner has threatened to veto HB 40, leaving in place a ban on insurance coverage for abortion that targets low-income Illinoisans and denies their basic right to make personal decisions about pregnancy and parenting.


The Honorable Bruce Rauner
Governor of the State of Illinois
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706

Governor Rauner:

We write in support of HB 40, a bill that would protect the legal right to abortion in Illinois and lift the ban on abortion coverage for low-income people in the state

As Asian American leaders in Illinois, we urge you to support affordable access to comprehensive reproductive health services- including abortion- for ALL women in Illinois.

While the right to abortion has been settled law for over 40 years, it has remained under constant attack. Under the Trump administrationwe are facing potentially the greatest threat to reproductive rights in more than a generation. HB 40 would ensure that abortion will remain legal in Illinois regardless of what happens at the federal level.

Additionally, restrictions on abortion coverage have a disproportionate impact on low-income families, women of color, immigrants, and young people. Lifting restrictions, as HB 40 does, is common sense. A majority of Americans across party lines oppose bans on abortion coverage.

The Asian-American community overwhelmingly supports a woman’s right to choose, and understand women’s health issues as an important priority. 74% of AAPIs support keeping Roe v. Wade and 82% want their elected officials to make women’s health issues a priority.

No one should be denied access to safe and legal abortion care, or coverage for this care, just because of where they live or their income.

We urge you to sign HB 40 into law.



Inhe Choi, Executive Director, Hana Center

Sung Yeon Choimorrow, Executive Director, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

Neha Gill, Executive Director, Apna Ghar

Youngju Ji, Executive Director, KAN-WIN

Tuyet Le, Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago

Juju Lien, former Executive Director of Asian American Institute and veteran community leader

Theresa Mah (D-Chicago), State Representative

Casey Sweeney, Acting President, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) Illinois


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