Governor Pritzker pledges to protect reproductive rights in Illinois after Senate blocks bill

CHICAGO (SCS) — Senate Republicans blocked a bill this would have made the historic decision Roe v. Wade a federal law.

The afternoon roll call promised to be the first of several Congressional efforts to preserve the nearly 50-year-old court ruling. In Southern Illinois on Wednesday, Gov. JB Pritzker said Illinois is proud to protect reproductive rights.

“Unfortunately women have to travel hundreds of miles and may not have the resources to do so,” Pritzker said. “We try to provide logistical support, a place to stay, whatever we can do to help them exercise their reproductive rights.”

After Wednesday’s vote, Governor Pritzker tweeted that it was now up to Democratic governors to be the last line of defense against Republican attempts to, as he put it, “take us back.”


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