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Pritzker urges federal lawmakers to protect Roe v Wade

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022  |  Article  |  John Clark

— Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker held a press conference at a Planned Parenthood recovery center on Wednesday to urge federal lawmakers to protect Roe v Wade.

 

A leaked draft ruling from the Supreme Court indicated the court is preparing to repeal the 1973 law which allows legalized abortion in the United States.

 

In the draft, Associate Justice Samuel Alito wrote “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” and “that Roe and Casey must be overruled.”

 

Repealing the law would allow states to enact more restrictive laws that would limit women’s access to reproductive health care, according to Pritzker. The governor signed the Reproductive Health Act early in his term.

 

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In addition to signing the Reproductive Health Act, Pritzker also repealed the Parental Notification Act in 2021, which allowed pregnant minors in the state to choose whether or not to involve a parental figure in their decision to have, or not have, an abortion.

 

In recent years, more out-of-state patients have traveled to Illinois for abortions. According to the most recent data from the Illinois Department of Public Health, 7,534 nonresidents received abortions in Illinois in 2019, compared with 2,970 in 2014 and 5,528 in 2017.

 

“Since 2015, the number of out-of-state patients coming to Illinois to make their own decisions about whether, where, and how to be a parent has tripled – and without action from Congress, it’s set to soar,” Pritzker said.

 

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“More than 75% of this clinic’s patients are from out-of-state – coming from places like Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, and Kentucky, sometimes traveling eight-plus hours and hundreds of miles to get basic reproductive care,” Pritzker continued. “Often these patients have struggled to get the necessary childcare, lodging, and time off work. They’re patients who’ve struggled to find enough money to travel this far. Patients who’ve had to answer personal questions to their employers or had to invent a reason to be gone for days. Patients who’ve faced hurdles at every turn in the pursuit of basic healthcare. And let’s be crystal clear about this point: abortion is healthcare.”

 

Opponents of Roe v Wade argue that abortion amounts to infanticide, and advocate for contraception instead.

 

According to a YouGov poll, more than one-third of respondents said abortion should be permitted in at least one of about eight specific circumstances, including protecting the health of the woman, in the case of rape or incest, and if the fetus has a congenital abnormality.