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"As you know, I believe that it is a woman's right to make her reproductive health care decisions with her doctors. No questions. .... House Bill 40 protects our rights to make those reproductive health care choices between us and our doctors," Howard said.
Howard said she is unaware of any pending legislation regarding parental notice.
Regarding Illinois' opioid epidemic, Howard said she works with families dealing with drug addiction on a daily basis through her work as a court-appointed guardian, and the families are not able to get the services they need.
"In DuPage County, we have these great programs, but when we go 2 1/2 years without a state budget, those are the programs that are affected first," Howard said.
Breen said the opioid crisis has hit communities "in ways that none of us expected," and the legislature has been trying to provide alternatives, such as medical marijuana, and rein in the overprescription of opioids.
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