Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said Saturday the state is preparing to accept up to 30,000 women seeking an abortion who are coming from neighboring states where the procedure is said to be illegal after the Supreme Court overturns it Roe v. calf on Friday.
“We’re going to see 20,000 or possibly 30,000 [abortion seekers] because people need to exercise those rights,” Pritzker said during his performance meet the press, adding that last year Illinois saw 10,000 women from surrounding states, including Texas, come to Illinois for abortions.
The Democratic governor’s comments come after the country’s highest court overturned its landmark 1973 ruling that gave women nationwide access to abortions.
Planned Parenthood Illinois said the state is expected to see 20,000 to 30,000 out-of-state abortion seekers coming into the future each year. The organization’s public policy director, Brigid Leahy, told Insider on Friday that the state expects the influx to begin “almost immediately.”
In contrast, the state’s clinics performed fewer than 10,000 out-of-state abortions in 2020, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Illinois repealed its trigger laws and enacted the Reproductive Health Act in 2019, which protects women’s reproductive health choices, and is now preparing to help women in neighboring states, including Indiana, where abortion is now expected to be banned or is restricted.
“We need to expand capacity in our state. We need to make sure we have the medical staff needed to perform these procedures and make sure medical abortions are available,” Pritzker added.
The overthrow of Roe v. calf allows 13 states to enact their so-called “trigger laws” that make abortion illegal or restrict it based on criminal records.roe provisions in their statute books.
Missouri and South Dakota promptly enacted their own trigger laws. Other states with trigger laws include Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.
“We will prepare for so many [women] as we need it, and capacity in turn means staff and space. We have more than 90 clinics across the country. Some are right on the border and ready to take the influx, [while] some need more capacity,” the governor said. “Chicago, of course, is opposed to Indiana, where they are about to pass legislation that will make abortion completely illegal.”
New York is leading a similar move, with the state’s Attorney General Letitia James saying on Saturday that the state is building infrastructure to handle the influx of people seeking legal and safe abortions. She added that the state expects to see abortion seekers from Ohio and Pennsylvania, among others.
“I will work tirelessly to ensure our most vulnerable and people from hostile countries have access to this life-saving care,” she tweeted on Friday. “Everyone in this nation deserves the right to make their own decisions about their bodies.”
https://www.newsweek.com/roe-v-wade-ruling-has-illinois-prepping-30k-abortion-seekers-pritzker-1719196 Roe v. Wade ruling prepares Illinois for 30,000 abortion seekers: Pritzker