CHICAGO (WGEM) – Abortion rights groups in Illinois are backing the reelection campaigns of Governor JB Pritzker and Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton.
Personal PAC, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action and the National Organization of Illinois Women announced their support for Pritzker and Stratton Monday night.
“This 2022 election is going to be a hotly contested one because right-wing Republicans would love nothing more than to roll back our progress,” said Terry Cosgrove, president and CEO of Personal PAC. “No, we just can’t let that happen because what’s at stake in November is so important, and we could easily become the next Texas or Oklahoma if we don’t re-elect JB Pritzker and Juliana Stratton.”
Advocates say Illinois is a leader in supporting people’s right to make their own decisions about the essential health care they need. They argue that Illinois must remain a paradise for reproductive health care. Many are concerned about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on a case challenging Roe v. Wade this summer. Nationally, the organizations estimate that 26 states could ban abortion, which would affect 36 million women and others at risk of becoming pregnant.
“When Governor Pritzker signed the Reproductive Health Act, it ensures that abortion is a basic right here in Illinois regardless of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision,” said Jennifer Welch, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action.
Welch said patients from other states continued to come to Illinois for their reproductive health care, while many states had enacted plans to deny abortion access.
Democratic members of the Women’s Legislative Caucus also endorsed Pritzker and Stratton for their support of women’s rights. Representative Camille Lily and Senator Mattie Hunter highlighted recent actions in Springfield to ensure access to quality health care, including reproductive health, for all women in Illinois. A similar resolution urged federal and state lawmakers to create policies to protect the health, safety and well-being of women during the current pandemic.
“At a time when right-wing elected officials are waiting in the wings to make Illinois a more dangerous state for women, we are fortunate to have JB and Juliana at the top of the charts. We can’t go back” , Lilly said, “The enemy of choice never stops, but neither will we.”
Stratton thanked pro-choice organizations and lawmakers for their efforts to protect all Illinoisans. She also said Republicans cannot deprive Democrats of a choice that is just an individual’s choice.
“These actions by GOP-led legislatures across the country have struck fear and anxiety into the hearts of millions of women and girls, forcing us to envision a future without a constitutional right to safe, legal abortion.” , said Stratton. “And as is the case with so many aspects of health care for Black, Brown and Indigenous women, a post-Roe America will be disproportionately devastating.”
Pritzker said Illinois would remain the most pro-choice, pro-woman state in the nation. The governor recalled that his mother took him to similar rallies in support of women’s rights when he was young. Pritzker said he would continue to push a pro-woman agenda with Stratton, lawmakers and advocacy groups. He stressed that women’s rights are not up for debate.
” I promise you. As long as I am governor, I will continue to lead the charge with you to consolidate our gains and fight against the retrograde policies of the right,” Pritzker said. “Women’s rights and reproductive freedoms must never be set back.”
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