Axios Chicago Thought Bubble
June 24, 2022
This is an Axios Chicago Thought Bubble, our snap-analysis dispatch to break down events that shape our metro as they happen.
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1 big thing: What Roe v. Wade reversal means for Illinois
The highly-anticipated SCOTUS opinion out today means the end of Roe v. Wade — but not much will change in Chicago.
Why it matters: Illinois has protected access to abortions through the Reproductive Health Act signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker in 2019.
- The act says abortion is a "fundamental right" in Illinois.
Yes, but: Conservative Republicans like gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey have run anti-abortion campaigns, signaling they would use the governor's office to change the law.
- "As Governor, my focus will be restoring parental notification, ending taxpayer-funded abortion, and prioritizing and ensuring viable options that save lives and support women and families before, during, and after pregnancy," Bailey said in a statement.
- In 2019, 16% of abortions performed in Illinois were for out-of-state residents, per the Kaiser Family Foundation.
What he's saying: "Let me be clear, abortion will always be safe and legal here in Illinois," Pritzker said in a statement after the Supreme Court leak.
"Illinois is and will remain a beacon of hope in an increasingly dark world. I will fight like hell — not just for the women who call Illinois home, but every person in every corner of this country who deserves to live a life of their own design."
What's next: Abortion clinics will continue to operate in Illinois, including a recently built Planned Parenthood facility strategically located near the Missouri border to help women coming from restricted states.
Go deeper: Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade
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