ILLINOIS (KFVS) – Governor JB Pritzker called a special session on reproductive health rights in Illinois on Friday, June 24.
It will be at 10:30 a.m. at Howard Brown Health in Chicago. You can also watch live here.
This follows news Friday morning that the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
The governor released this statement Friday morning:
“In Illinois, we trust women. Despite the Supreme Court’s action today overturning Roe v. Wade, the right to safe and accessible reproductive health care is in full effect in Illinois – and will remain so.
In Illinois, we have planned for this terrible day, a huge step backwards and a shattering loss of rights. We passed the Reproductive Health Act, enshrining choice as the law of the land in Illinois. We removed the trigger law that would have banned abortion in Illinois with the overturning of Roe v Wade. We have expanded health care so that finances are not a barrier to getting reproductive care.
In Illinois, we are a state committed to expanding access to reproductive health care, including abortion care, access to contraception, fertility treatment, and gender affirmation care. We have made it clear that we trust people to make the best decisions for themselves regarding their own reproductive health.
In Illinois, we will firmly respect these rights and continue to work with stakeholders to expand them. To that end, I am calling the General Assembly into special session in the coming weeks, with the support and consultation of Speaker of the House Emanuel “Chris” Welch and Speaker of the Senate Don Harmon. Together, we pledge to take swift action to further our commitment to reproductive health rights and protections.
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