Rally for reproductive rights


Advocates for women’s reproductive rights rallied Saturday at more than 600 locations across the country—including in Daley Plaza in Chicago and at the Old State Capitol Plaza in Springfield.

On the minds of many, a new law in Texas that limits a woman’s right to an abortion. Many on hand at the Springfield event are concerned that the U.S. Supreme Court, which is back in session on Monday, will be hearing a number of cases—including one coming out of neighboring Missouri—any one of which could serve to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized women’s right to choose.

Brigid Leahy, Senior Director of Public Policy Planned Parenthood Illinois Action, was at Springfield Rally.

“Here in Illinois,” she said, “we have passed several laws, including in 2019 the Reproductive Health Act that protects reproductive rights and makes them fundamental rights here in Illinois.”

Illinois has become a “sanctuary state,” according to Leahy, for women in Missouri seeking abortions. Due to restrictions in Missouri, she said, there is only one left provider-clinic statewide.

Region: Springfield,News,Region: Central,City: Springfield

via News – WTAX 93.9FM/1240AM https://wtax.com

October 2, 2021 at 12:55PM

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