Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill into law Wednesday establishing a woman’s “fundament right” to abortion, keeping a campaign promise to make the state the most progressive in the country when it comes to abortion rights.
“Today we proudly proclaim that in this state, we trust women,” Pritzker said at the Reproductive Health Act signing event at the Chicago Cultural Center. “And in Illinois, we guarantee as a fundamental right a woman’s right to choose.”
Pro-life groups have pointed out Illinois’ law goes further than the one in New York, which prompted a series of states to pass anti-abortion bills, several “heartbeat” abortion bans, and ignited a battle across the nation should Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that made abortion legal in all 50 states, be overturned by the Supreme Court with two Trump appointees now on the bench.