ATTORNEY GENERAL RAOUL ISSUES STATEMENT ON DRAFT SUPREME COURT OPINION APPEARING TO OVERTURN REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM
Chicago — Attorney General Kwame Raoul today issued a statement following media reports of a draft Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade:
“While it is not an official Supreme Court opinion, the news from the Supreme Court is extremely disturbing for women all over the country. Laws such as Illinois’ Reproductive Health Act, which my office supported, are more important than ever in ensuring that regardless of the Supreme Court’s final decision, Illinois women will remain free to make highly personal reproductive health decisions in consultation with their medical providers. However, when states such as Missouri, attempt to virtually regulate abortion clinics out of existence, the impacts spread beyond Missouri’s borders. More than a dozen states have passed ‘trigger laws’ that will criminalize abortion as soon as the Supreme Court’s draft opinion is final, and many states have enacted laws or regulations to limit or eliminate reproductive freedom. The actions those states take have consequences everywhere.
“In 2020 alone, the Illinois Department of Public Health estimates that nearly 10,000 women came to Illinois to have an abortion – a 29% increase over the prior year. As neighboring states take draconian steps to eliminate reproductive freedoms, we have taken action to fight abortion access restrictions and are proud that Illinois will remain a reproductive health care ‘oasis.’ As stated in a brief I joined like-minded state attorneys general, which was filed in the case that is the subject of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion, laws that severely restrict abortion access in one state drive women to utilize health care resources in neighboring states. This is something we are continuing to see in Illinois.
“I take seriously the vital role that attorneys general play in preserving access to reproductive health care, and I will continue to advocate for the rights of all women to access the reproductive care they need within their own communities – without having to face the burden of crossing state lines to receive what can be lifesaving abortions.”