101ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2019 and 2020
Introduced 1/9/2019, by Rep. Mary E. Flowers
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Amends the Medical Patient Rights Act. Provides that every woman has
certain rights with regard to pregnancy and childbirth, including the right
to receive care that is consistent with current scientific evidence about
benefits and risks, the right to choose her birth setting, the right to be
provided with certain information, and the right to be treated with respect
at all times before, during, and after pregnancy by her health care
professionals and to have a health care professional that is culturally
competent and treats her appropriately regardless of her ethnicity, sexual
orientation, or religious background. Requires the Department of Public
Health, Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Department of
Children and Family Services, and Department of Human Services to post
information about these rights on their publicly available websites.
Requires every health care provider, day care center, Head Start, and
community center to post information about these rights in a prominent
place and on their websites, if applicable. Requires the Department of
Public Health to adopt rules to implement the provisions. Effective
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AN ACT concerning health.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Medical Patient Rights Act is amended by
adding Section 3.4 as follows:
(410 ILCS 50/3.4 new)
Rights of women; pregnancy and childbirth.
(a) In addition to any other right provided under this Act,
every woman has the following rights with regard to pregnancy
(1) The right to receive health care before, during,
and after pregnancy and childbirth.
(2) The right to receive care for her and her infant
that is consistent with current scientific evidence about
benefits and risks.
(3) The right to choose a midwife or a physician as her
maternity care provider.
(4) The right to choose her birth setting from the full
range of safe options available in her community on the
basis of complete, objective information about the
benefits, risks, and costs of those options.
(5) The right to leave her maternity caregiver and
select another if she becomes dissatisfied with her care.