Pritzker Quantifies Abortion Tourism

From JB Pritzker:

Governor JB Pritzker Calls on Federal Lawmakers to Protect Women’s Rights with Roe v. Wade Under Threat

Remarks As Prepared For Delivery* Wednesday in Fairview Heights:

Thank you, and good morning. With the Supreme Court’s anti-choice majority poised to further restrict reproductive rights and overturn Roe v. Wade, the nation is on the precipice of eliminating a federal right that has been the law of the land for 50 years. It’s shameful and wrong.

Lt. Governor Stratton, our partners in the statehouse, and I want to thank Planned Parenthood for hosting us this morning, but more importantly for the truly lifesaving and life-changing work for patients here in Illinois and throughout the United States. 

We joined together to mark the regional logistics center’s opening in January, on the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, knowing that Roe’s guarantee of a woman’s right to choose might not make it to its 50th.

In the months since, hundreds of patients from other states throughout the South and Midwest have been cared for in this very room: recovering not only from their medical procedure as any patient would, but recovering from the odyssey that forced them to seek refuge here.

More than 75% of this clinic’s patients are from out-of-state – coming from places like Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, and Kentucky, sometimes travelling eight plus hours and hundreds of miles to get basic reproductive care.

Often these patients have struggled to get the necessary childcare, lodging, and time off work. They’re patients who’ve struggled to find enough money to travel this far. Patients who’ve had to answer personal questions to their employers or had to invent a reason to be gone for days. Patients who’ve faced hurdles at every turn in the pursuit of basic healthcare. And let’s be crystal clear about this point: abortion is healthcare.

By the time many of these out-of-state patients make it to Fairview Heights, Illinois, they have traveled further than anyone should have to – physically and emotionally.

People should not have to endure trauma after trauma to be in control of their own bodies – but that’s exactly the burden that this right-wing Supreme Court and anti-choice governors and state legislatures increasingly put on the backs of millions more women.

Since 2015, the number of out-of-state patients coming to Illinois to make their own decisions about whether, where, and how to be a parent has tripled – and without action from Congress, it’s set to soar.

Let me make this clear: Illinois is a pro-choice state, and as long as I’m governor and we retain a pro-choice legislature, we will support every woman’s right to reproductive freedom. When women come here to this state, you are welcomed. You are supported.

You are safe.

You won’t need to suffer additional trauma; you will be treated with dignity, empathy, and compassion.

To the US Senators who are voting today on whether to safeguard a woman’s right to choose: there is no archaic rule, no parliamentary maneuver, no matter that is more critical than protecting the lives and bodily autonomy of more than 160 million people. It’s long past time for this nation to codify Roe v. Wade into law. If it takes overhauling the filibuster, then overhaul the filibuster. If it requires countless hours of pleading and deliberation, then get to work. If it takes courage, find it.

My mother fought for women’s liberation and reproductive rights, and she showed me how protests can change the minds of politicians who are stuck in the past and how important it is to turn protest into action.

Right now, women are under siege. Basic rights to privacy, to healthcare, to the rights of women to control their own bodies are about to be stripped away. The world is watching.

Here in Illinois we trust women.

To the US Senate we say, Be Like Illinois. Thank you.


Pritzker Quantifies Abortion Tourism — 21 Comments

  1. Lord Jumbo Boy, a credit to his Jewish faith, whose fellow Jews refuse to
    call him out for the corrupt baby killing POS that he is.

    Just another power mad member of the degenerate DEMOCRAT death cult.

  2. Even though abortion violates Mosaic law, jews overwhelmingly support it because Christians oppose it!

    “Most American Jews strongly support legalized abortion: A 2015 Pew Research Forum survey found that 83 percent of American Jews, more than any other religious group, say abortion “should be legal in all/most cases.””

    Tadelman, Franks etc all support abortion.

  3. So Fred Flintstone became Governor of Illinois. What happened to Barney Rubble?

  4. Ads on tv for this Democrat governor and Democrat state can say: “Ladies, come to Illinois to kill your baby”.

  5. Does that token black idiot read legislation that the silver spoon fat ass passed?

    Right now, women are under siege. Basic rights to privacy, to healthcare, to the rights of women to control their own bodies are about to be stripped away. The world is watching.

  6. Israel will pay for abortions for women aged 20 to 33 regardless of circumstance starting next year, health officials said Monday, adding that they hope to make eligibilty for state funding universal in the future.

    Until now, subsidized abortions for women of all ages were available in medical emergencies or in case of rape and sexual abuse.

    Women under the age of 20 or over 40 were also eligible for abortion funding even when the reason was personal.

    The new rule opens it up for 6,300 more women to have a state-funded abortion next year, at a cost of about 16 million shekels ($4.6 million).

    The cost of all state-subsidized abortions is estimated at 24 million shekels a year.

    Monday’s news was announced by the committee that determines which medicines and medical technologies will be added to the 2014 health basket.

    The health-basket committee is headed by the director of Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Prof. Jonathan Halevy.

    “It was brought to our attention that there is a large group of women between 20 and 40 who for various reasons – financial or reasons of secrecy – do not terminate pregnancies,” Halevy told a press conference. “In the current basket we’ve approved funding for pregnancy termination for women in the 20-to-33 age group, with the intention of completing the process … and raising the age to 40.”

    Geez, maybe the U.S. should stop sending money to Israel.

    It’s worse than Planned Parenthood.

  7. I thought you wouldn’t respond. The cite in your comment says the opposite. At best Jewish law is ambiguous. Abortion by physical means and abortifacients existed 1000 years before Jesus’ time. The Assyrians prohibited women from aborting without consent of their husbands in a code dating back to 1075 BC. The Old Testament forbids sex with a menstruating woman. So women’s body parts and functions were being regulated. The Romans had laws about abortion. The practice was known and regulated in the years after Jesus when the New Testament was written. Yet there is no prohibition of abortion anywhere in the Bible.

  8. If a woman gets an abortion and has mental health issues because of that decision should she receive that care if the government has to pay for it? And if they go out of state should the state that did the abortion be on the hook for paying said treatment? Asking for a friend!

  9. I’m not interested in your antisemitism, anti Christianity, or name calling.

    I’m simply asking where the Torah or Bible prohibits abortion.

    I’m asking about a fact of history and literature.

  10. What if Martin’s mother had decided to have an abortion?

    Is Martin ok with that?

  11. You’re like spaniels in a field of squirrels. I’ve said nothing in favor of not against the right of a woman to have an abortion or the power of the government to prevent it.

    You cannot stay on topic and you personalize every discussion, ironically so, since you hide behind the coward’s anonymity.

  12. Democrats haven’t been this mad since we took their slaves away.

  13. ** What if Martin’s mother had decided to have an abortion? Is Martin ok with that?**

    I can’t speak for Martin.

    But you try to use this silly argument all the time.

    To answer for myself – I can’t answer whether or not I’d be ok with my mother deciding to have an abortion instead of giving birth to me, because I wouldn’t be here right now to have an opinion.

    But I’m absolutely glad that my mother had a choice on whether or not she wanted to give birth to me, even if that could have meant that I wasn’t here to argue against childish arguments on a right-wing blog.

  14. What if Martin’s transexual roommate had another spastic colon episode and spattered the kitchen again with watery decal matter?

  15. The reason that argument is so silly is that the genetic material that creates each of us is the product of a unique sperm and a unique egg.

    If your parents didn’t have sex the day you were conceived, you wouldn’t be here.

    If a different sperm jumped the line ahead of the one that made you, you wouldn’t be here; someone else would.

    The “what if Trump’s mom had an abortion” argument against abortion is as valid as the “what if trump’s mom banged the milkman that day instead pops” is against milkmen.

  16. Per:

    “a surgical abortion is shown in close-up detail, in real time.

    Seconds into the video, a tiny human leg and foot emerges.

    No body is attached.

    Seconds later, the camera zooms in as a clearly-defined hand, connected to an arm, is pulled out.

    The video appears to show portions of at least three abortions.

    In the second, tiny feet are shown as blood pools around them while the abortion continues.”

    Videos of abortions shown to boys and girls in junior and senior years in high school would be very useful education in “health” classes in all high schools in the U.S.

    A legal requirement that all schools must show it and all students view and DISCUSS what they saw in order to graduate from high school.

    Also required discussion would be the possible consequences of fun and sex.

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