On Friday, months after a leaked opinion draft signaled that the U.S. Supreme Court was considering overturning the decisions that legalized abortion in the United States, the Justices made it official, overturning both Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
In Illinois, there will be little impact, as the Democratic super-majority took several steps in recent years to not only enshrine the ability to receive an abortion as a right in the state, but even further extreme measures including paying for the procedures with taxpayer funds. In fact, the majority party recently eliminated the requirement that parents be notified if their minor child receives an abortion, despite the fact that more than 70% of Illinoisans supported the requirement.
On Friday morning, Governor JB Pritzker held a press conference featuring Democratic leaders and other pro-abortion lawmakers, calling for a special session in July to pass further, and likely more-extreme pro-abortion legislation.
Senator Sue Rezin noted that in Illinois, people can currently obtain an abortion at any point during pregnancy, for any reason, regardless of the Supreme Court decision. She believes that the Governor and his legislative allies are trying to distract from the issues facing Illinois families today, including historic price spikes for gasoline, groceries, and electricity. Senator Rezin believes that the general assembly should be returning to the capitol, but to provide relief for Illinois families struggling to pay their bills, not to pass further extreme abortion-related bills.