ST. LOUIS — The abortion issue is in the spotlight today in Illinois. Governor Pritzker is expected to sign legislation expanding abortion rights into law.
The legislation makes Illinois the latest state to pursue abortion rights protections since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade last year. Governor Pritzker is scheduled to sign the bill at 11:30 am in Chicago.
But the fallout will reach all across the Land of Lincoln including in the metro-east.
Pritzker has been outspoken about protecting abortion rights in Illinois.
This bill came after many states, including Missouri, severely restricted abortions following the Supreme Court ruling.
The Illinois House gave final approval to the bill with a 70-to-39 vote on Tuesday. The legislation protects out-of-state patients seeking abortion care in Illinois. It also protects out-of-state providers when they perform abortions in Illinois.
Opponents say the legislation makes it too easy for healthcare professionals to give abortions in Illinois. But supporters have a different perspective.
Jennifer Welch, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, issued a statement saying, “Now more than Ever We need to continue to fight for equitable access to essential reproductive health care like abortion and gender-affirming care because all people should have the freedom to make medial decisions that are best for their bodies, their lives and their families.”
That statement referenced gender-affirming care, which is why this same bill provides extra protections for people seeking that type of care, including hormone replacement therapy, hormone gender confirmation surgery, and hormone blockers.