Governor Bob Holden is vowing to veto any legislation he believes diminishes a woman’s right to obtain an abortion. He made the pledge to about 200 supporters at an abortion-rights rally at the State Capitol. Holden singled out two measures for veto. One, passed by the House and pending in the Senate, would impose a 24-hour waiting period between talking with a doctor and the performance of an abortion. The Senate has passed a bill allowing parents to sue anyone who helps a minor daughter cross the border to have an abortion without the parents’ consent. Minors do not need parental consent to obtain abortions in Illinois. Lieutenant Governor Joe Maxwell also attended the rally. He called abortion rights a priority for the state.
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