Legislator concerned about increase of out-of-state residents getting abortions in Illinois

(The Center Square) – After the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that placed abortion regulations in the hands of states, Illinois has seen a rise in those coming from out of state for the procedure.

In June 2022, after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision essentially overturning Roe vs. Wade, multiple states, including several neighboring Illinois, restricted the procedure. Since then, Illinois has seen an increase in out-of-state patients coming to the Land of Lincoln for abortions.

According to numbers from the Illinois Department of Public Health, nearly 17,000 people came from other states to Illinois to terminate a pregnancy in 2022. That’s more than 5,000 more than the year before. In 2020, most abortions performed on those from out of state came from Missouri and Indiana. 

The Democratic majority in Illinois has made abortion more accessible. In October, Gov. J.B. Pritzker pushed his Think Big America plan, which advocates for abortion rights
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