Goodness knows what JB Pritzker and the Democratic Party legislative leaders will come up withj.
As State Senator Don DeWitte observed yesterday:
Nothing changes in the State of Illinois
“This morning news broke that the United States Supreme Court has overturned the landmark case Roe v Wade.
“The crux of the decisions is that now individual states (rather than federal law) will dictate whether abortions may be performed and under what circumstances in each state.
“Based on legislative action over the years, abortion will remain legal in Illinois.
“Less than an hour after the decision was made public, lawmakers were told we will return to Springfield in the coming weeks to consider new legislation that further enshrines an individual’s right to have an abortion in Illinois.
“What is most important to realize is that nothing changes in the State of Illinois.
“Extreme steps by the Majority Party have already been taken to protect individual abortion rights in the event Roe v Wade were to be overturned.”
Here is the Governor’s press release:
Gov. Pritzker to Call Special Session for Reproductive Health Rights, with Support from Speaker Welch and President Harmon
Governor Issues Statement on Urgency of Standing Up for Reproductive Rights
In Illinois, we trust women. Despite the action of the Supreme Court today overturning Roe v. Wade, the right to safe, accessible reproductive health care is in full force in Illinois – and will remain so.
In Illinois, we’ve planned for this terrible day, an enormous step backward 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 prohibited abortion in Illinois with the overturning of Roe v Wade. We expanded health care so that finances are not a barrier to receiving reproductive care.
In Illinois, we are a state committed to expanding access to reproductive health care including abortion care, contraception access, fertility treatment and gender affirming care. We’ve made it clear that we trust people to make the best decisions for themselves about their own reproductive health.
In Illinois, we will hold firm to 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 House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch and Senate President Don Harmon. Together, we are committed to taking swift action to further enshrine our commitment to reproductive health care rights and protections.
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State Senator Dan McConchie observes,
“Let me be clear, Governor Pritzker and many Illinois Democrats want to push Illinois to the utter extreme on abortion policy. Right now, Illinoisans can already get an abortion in all nine months of pregnancy for any reason and use taxpayer dollars to pay for it.
“But that’s not enough. Now, they want us to help pay for out-of-state residents to travel to Illinois to receive abortions and even allow non-physicians here to perform them.”
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I can think of one criminal law that the extremist Democrats in control of state government might want to repeal.
There is legislation that says it is murder to kill a baby that a mother is carrying.