To the Editor:
The recently enacted Reproductive Healthcare Act gives abortion care the status of any other medical procedure under Illinois state law. In view of the uncertain status of the constitutional right to privacy, the Illinois legislature has been widely praised for the timely passage of the new law by many civic and public health groups, including faith-based Catholics for Choice ("Why we should thank God for Illinois lawmakers," Chicago Tribune, advertisement, Jun 23, p. 8).
In the pages of this publication, however, local state Sen. Dan McConchie has expressed opposition to the RHA on the ground it will endanger women. How repeal of out-of-date statutes, enjoined by courts and unenforced for decades could endanger some is unclear.
In fact, the RHA places decisions about reproductive health care where it should be – in the hands of patients and their doctors.The women of Illinois are fortunate that Sen. McConchie's misguided views on patient health care did not prevail.