Though we are profitable in Illinois, our neighbors are not. Missouri has one abortion clinic still left and most patients in their point out appear to Illinois for abortion companies because of the hoops they have to jump by way of to get a authorized professional medical technique. Regrettably, Missouri is not by itself. Anti-abortion zealots are working with unconstitutional abortion bans—that are costing states hundreds of thousands of dollars in court costs—to claw their way up to the Supreme Courtroom.
Abortion opponents have worked for this minute for 50 decades. This has usually been their endgame. We knew this was coming—not just this situation but the prolonged recreation of this attack.
The risk to abortion access across the place is not hypothetical—our appropriate to abortion is remaining trampled ideal now. The implications of this impending Supreme Courtroom determination will be swift and devastating for communities nationwide: Overturning Roe suggests 26 states could swiftly go to ban abortion—including 13 states with legal guidelines that could immediately go into result. That indicates in 50 percent the place individuals would no more time have electric power around their individual bodies and their very own lives.
Without the need of bodily autonomy, no 1 can truly live their healthiest and ideal everyday living. For a lot of, Roe was correct in concept, but in no way in observe. Illinois miraculously acquired forward of the storm, but we can not be complacent.
I joined the Typical Assembly in the 1990s when anti-abortion legislation was not only remaining released but passing and being signed into regulation. It may well appear not likely that the legislature could at any time go back again to people times, but just as we grew to become a pro-option vast majority, we could easily become a minority. We just can’t allow that materialize. We ought to all rally with each other to safeguard what we’ve constructed in Illinois and assistance our neighbors protect the rights we all ought to have to have.
This is not the time to pull the addresses more than your head and believe it will go absent. The anti-abortion movement by no means gave up, and neither will we.
The treatment is sitting down in the U.S. Congress. The Women’s Wellbeing Protection Act, or WHPA, was penned to enshrine into law reproductive wellness care throughout The us and is waiting around for a vote in the Senate. The time to act is now in advance of the ultimate determination is rendered by the Supreme Court docket.
Observe to U.S. Senate: Go again to Washington, conclusion the filibuster and move the WHPA with 50 votes.
Our future is dependent on it.
The clock is ticking.
Sara Feigenholtz is a Democrat representing the 6th District in the Illinois Senate.
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