Eliminate the threat against abortion rights in Illinois

More than 40 years ago, the Illinois General Assembly went along only grudgingly with the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling, in Roe v. Wade, that states cannot ban all abortions.

Illinois lawmakers made abortions legal but stuck a caveat in the legislation that still stands today. If the High Court’s decision is reversed or the U.S. Constitution is changed, the law says, “the former policy of this State to prohibit abortions unless necessary for the preservation of the mother’s life shall be reinstated.”

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