WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years — a decision by its conservative majority to overturn the court’s landmark abortion cases. Friday’s outcome overturning Roe v. Wade is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states. The decision, unthinkable just a few years ago, was the culmination of decades of efforts by abortion opponents, made possible by an emboldened right side of the court that has been fortified by three appointees of former President Donald Trump. The ruling came more than a month after the stunning leak of a draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito. – Associated Press
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The decision means abortions are illegal in Missouri. Here is what it means for people seeking abortion care in Illinois.
Here's what to know about Missouri's abortion laws now that Roe v. Wade is overturned. https://t.co/ANw7Ni9cPK https://t.co/umD2vHoixt
— St. Louis Public Radio (@stlpublicradio) June 24, 2022
Here are reactions from Illinois lawmakers:
Gov. JB Pritzker said in May when the decision was leaked, “It’s not just that they’re taking away reproductive rights. It’s that this is a slope that they’re headed down that is going to take away all of the rights that were granted as a result of the right to privacy. It’s a constitutional right to privacy, determined by the court 50 years ago and reinforced along the way, and now they’re taking it away.”
As I said when this decision was leaked: pic.twitter.com/AqC69oThxE
— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) June 24, 2022
The bottom line: on critical, personal choices involving a woman’s right to make reproductive decisions about her own body, do you trust her or the gov't? The Supreme Court now says a woman’s right to privacy does not extend to the most personal, private choice she'll ever face.
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) June 24, 2022
A joyous victory for Life! The end of Roe is the beginning of a new chapter, where we embrace a culture of life with a reverence for God's children. I applaud President Trump, who delivered on his promise of a Court that would honor the Constitution and our sacred right to life. pic.twitter.com/XcZpYNLu08
— Rep. Mary Miller (@RepMaryMiller) June 24, 2022
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL15) reacted to the decision in a video.
I share the pain, shock, and anger so many are feeling, and I am especially worried about further attacks on the rights of women, the LGBTQ+ community, and people of color from this court. However, Illinois Democrats will never relent in fighting back! https://t.co/NLupPDEBIK
— Dr. Robin Kelly (@RobinLynneKelly) June 24, 2022
We knew this was coming.
I am angry but unafraid because I'm determined to keep fighting for our right to bodily autonomy. #RoeVWade https://t.co/EYpZMbBZcX
— Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton (@LtGovStratton) June 24, 2022