Fairview Heights facility to help make abortion care more accessible

SPRINGFIELD – Hoping to make abortion care more accessible, a facility near St. Louis is set to be the “first of its kind” in providing financial assistance for travel-related costs. A Regional Logistics Center was opened Friday in a Planned Parenthood clinic in Fairview Heights. Using private funds, the center will pay for travel and […]

New law ends parental notification in Illinois

Gov. JB Pritzker signed a law on Friday that ends parental notification, a requirement that doctors notify the parents of a minor seeking an abortion. “With reproductive rights under attack across the nation, Illinois is once again establishing itself as a leader in ensuring access to health care services,” Pritzker said. “This repeal was essential; […]

LISTEN: Supreme Court considers whether to reverse Roe v. Wade in historic arguments

WASHINGTON — An epic argument at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday: At issue is whether to reverse the court’s nearly half-century-old Roe v. Wade decision and subsequent decisions declaring that women have a constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy. https://ondemand.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/me/2021/12/20211201_me_supreme_court_considers_whether_to_reverse_roe_v_wade_in_historic_arguments.mp3 Listen to Nina’s story here. Until now, all the court’s abortion decisions have upheld […]

GOP pushes public safety reform during light legislative week

SPRINGFIELD – The legislative action was light during the General Assembly’s first week of fall session, and lawmakers in both chambers left town a day early after leadership canceled the Thursday session. That means bigger items, such as a vote on congressional maps and potential changes to the Health Care Right of Conscience Act and […]

A look at high court’s top cases in new term starting Monday

WASHINGTON – Abortion, guns and religion top the Supreme Court term that begins Monday. A case from Mississippi presents a direct challenge to the court’s major decisions over the last half-century that guarantee a woman’s right to an abortion nationwide. A case from New York could expand gun rights in the United States and involves […]

Gov. Pritzker Vows To Protect Abortion Rights In Illinois

CHICAGO — Illinois’ governor says he’s “very concerned” about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to block a new Texas law banning most abortions in the state. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Thursday that Illinois would continue to be a “beacon of hope” for women seeking reproductive health care. In recent years, Illinois has expanded and […]

Democrats Push Repeal Of Abortion Law Mandating Minors Notify Parents

SPRINGFIELD — Some Democratic lawmakers want to repeal an abortion law that requires girls under the age of 18 who are seeking an abortion to notify their parents at least 48 hours before the procedure, with some exceptions. Under the current law, the notice requirement doesn’t apply if a minor is accompanied by an adult […]

Voices In The News 2019

As we close the book on 2019, we thought we’d take a few minutes to listen back to what has been a most consequential year in Illinois government and…