June 27, 2022

Pritzker Announces Plan to Call Special Session for Abortion Legislation

In response to the Supreme Court's decision last week to overturn Roe v. Wade, Gov. JB Pritzker announced that he will call a special session to discuss abortion legislation.

On June 24, Gov. Pritzker's office responded to the decision by putting out three separate press releases. All of them affirmed the governor's stance that abortion is necessary health care rather than a violent act toward an innocent child. He accused pro-life advocates of causing the deaths of women who attempt illegal abortions, touted his pro-abortion policies, and announced plans to further encourage abortion through new legislation in an upcoming special session.

"Let me make this explicit and clear to women throughout our state, the Midwest, and our nation: Illinois will be a safe haven for the exercise of your reproductive rights," Pritzker said. "In Illinois, Roe v. Wade is still the law, and it will remain the law as long as we have a pro-choice legislature and a pro-choice governor. Here, we trust you to make your own decisions about your reproductive health. We will defend your right to bodily autonomy."
"To that end, I am informing the General Assembly that I will be calling them into special session in the coming weeks to more firmly protect women’s reproductive rights in Illinois and address the challenges posed by this radical Supreme Court decision. I’m grateful to have the support and partnership of House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch and Senate President Don Harmon in this effort. Together, the Democratic leadership in Illinois is committed to taking swift action to further enshrine our commitment to reproductive healthcare."

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