Gov. JB Pritzker celebrates while signing the Reproductive Health Act into law, while State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, cheers. [Governor’s office]

Gov. JB Pritzker signed the Reproductive Health Act into law Wednesday, touting the measure as “a giant step forward for women’s health.”

The new law makes Illinois one of most progressive states in the nation when it comes to abortion. It repeals of the state’s 1975 abortion law, removes criminal penalties for doctors who perform abortions and throws out restrictions on the procedure later in pregnancy.

It also marks the second time in recent years that Illinois lawmakers have expanded abortion rights. In 2017, former Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill that will ensure abortion remains legal in Illinois even if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, and allowed the use of taxpayer funds for abortion care.

But even with the Reproductive Health Act, SB 25, now law, it isn’t the last abortion-related fight on the horizon.

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