The following statement was issued from State Representative Tom Morrison regarding the overturning of Roe vs Wade:
The Supreme Court today rightly returned abortion policy to the states and the people’s representatives in Congress and state legislatures.
Since the country’s founding, state laws—to varying degrees—have recognized and protected life within the womb. That is what this decision represents.
Sadly, Illinois’ abortion policy has become an extreme outlier compared to other states and most countries. That is, there are no restrictions on abortions in Illinois—even up until birth. State taxpayers are required to pay for abortions via Medicaid and state-sponsored health insurance plans. Even some out-of-state residents might receive abortions paid for by Illinois taxpayers, according to our current policies.
Additionally, despite bipartisan opposition and widespread public disapproval—even among those who self-identify as pro-choice on abortion—the legislature and Gov. Pritzker eliminated Illinois’ parental notification law that protected minor girls who seek and/or have an abortion.
Pregnancy resource centers across Illinois and the U.S. have been serving and will continue to aid women and families who face unintended or difficult pregnancies—regardless of a respective state’s abortion policies. We still have much work to do to help promote respect for all lives—from conception until natural death.