At a Republican candidates’ forum on Tuesday, several candidates running for Illinois governor were asked if they would push for changes to the state’s law regarding abortions if the upcoming decision of the Supreme Court overturns the decision in the historic case Roe v. Wade.
Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin criticized Gov. JB Pritzker’s policies as “extreme,” and while he didn’t explicitly say he would work to make abortions illegal in the state, he did. said he would change some laws passed by the current governor’s administration. including changes to parental notification laws.
“As I drive through the state…. I hear it’s extreme,” Irvin said. “He is extreme in the fact that he just passed the law allowing a teenager to walk into an abortion clinic and have an abortion without his parents being told. A kid can’t get aspirin in high school without telling their parents, but JB Pritzker thought it was okay to sign a law allowing a teenager to walk into an abortion clinic and have an abortion without his parents being informed.
“It’s odious,” he added.
Lawyer Max Solomon called himself a “shameless and uncompromising pro-lifer” and said he would work to ban abortion in the state.
“I actually believe that life begins before we are formed,” he said. “Yes, if Roe v. Wade is overturned, and I pray that it will in fact be overturned, I will be pushing and governing to make abortion illegal in the State of Illinois.”
State Senator Paul Schimpf also criticized Pritzker’s policy as creating “the most extreme abortion laws” in the country, and although he did not say he would campaign to ban all abortions He said he wanted to sign legislation that would move the state “closer to the mainstream” of American thinking on the issue.
“We have the most extreme abortion laws in this state,” he said. “An unborn child can be aborted to the moment of live birth for any reason, and have it paid for at taxpayer expense. When I’m governor, I’ll sign any legislation that brings us closer to the mainstream.
According to a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion, Roe v. Wade be overturned, potentially paving the way for states to completely ban abortion in all situations.
Many states have already passed legislation that would do so in anticipation of that ruling, which is expected to be released this summer.