Abortion rights backers rally in anger over post-Roe future

WASHINGTON — Abortion rights supporters are demonstrating at hundreds of marches and rallies where they’re expressing their outrage that the Supreme Court appears prepared to scrap the constitutional right to abortion that has endured for nearly a half-century. And they’re expressing their fear about what that could mean for women’s reproductive choices. Incensed after a […]

If Roe falls, many in the Midwest will have to travel to access abortion

    Kentucky lawmakers have been hard at work to erode access to abortion in the state — long before the leak of a draft opinion on May 2 indicating the U.S. Supreme Court might overturn Roe v. Wade and remove federal protections for abortion as early as June. In April, the Republican-led legislature overrode […]

Pritzker urges Congress to ‘be like Illinois’ in protecting abortion services

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker called on Congress Wednesday to “be like Illinois” and codify abortion access into federal law. Pritzker made those comments at a Fairview Heights abortion clinic, touting steps Illinois has taken to protect abortion services should a U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision be finalized as […]

Abortion rights protesters rally in cities around US

CHICAGO — Abortion rights protesters rallied in cities across the United States, vowing to fight to ensure that abortion remains a legal option for women nationwide. Hundreds gathered Saturday in Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, and other cities, after a draft opinion leaked to the public suggesting the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the […]

Illinois could become an oasis in an ‘abortion desert’ if Roe v. Wade is overturned

Abortions will still be legal in the state of Illinois if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the federal constitutional protections enshrined by the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. But Planned Parenthood of Illinois president and CEO Jennifer Welch warns the state would become an oasis in a Midwestern “abortion desert” if a draft majority opinion […]

Abortion rights around the world

This AP digital embed map shows the availability of abortion access in countries around the world, whether the procedure is prohibited, available only to preserve the life or health of the pregnant patient, available to address social or economic factors, or available on request. This map is current as of May 4, 2022 and will […]

Illinois has tangled history with abortion despite recent liberal push

SPRINGFIELD – A leaked draft of an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision that could overturn the landmark 1973 case Roe v. Wade reignited a political debate over whether access to abortion is a constitutional right or something that can be regulated by the states. The draft opinion was first reported Monday night by the news organization Politico. […]

Illinois lawmakers respond to leaked Supreme Court abortion decision

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker and Illinois Democrats warned of an “end to the constitutional right to privacy” if a leaked U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the 1973 landmark decision in Roe v. Wade becomes finalized as precedent. “It means women who lose access to the full suite of medical advances that give them choices […]

Governors swiftly react to reports of leaked draft opinion of Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON — A majority of the U.S. Supreme Court has voted to overturn the landmark 1973 ruling Roe v. Wade that established the right to abortion nearly 50 years ago, according to a leaked draft opinion published by Politico on Monday. National Public Radio could not immediately confirm the authenticity of the draft Politico published. […]

Report: A leaked draft opinion suggests the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON — A draft opinion circulated among Supreme Court justices suggests that earlier this year a majority of them had thrown support behind overturning the 1973 case Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion nationwide, according to a report published Monday night in Politico. It’s unclear if the draft represents the court’s final word on the matter. The Associated […]

Logistics center will help abortion seekers get to Illinois

With abortion access increasingly restricted across much of the South and Midwest, two Illinois clinics near St. Louis on Friday announced a new logistics center to help abortion seekers get to their clinics. Activists on both sides are convinced the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling is imperiled, with nearly two dozen states likely to impose […]

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 […]

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 […]