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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 3, 2022

Equality Illinois condemns the US Supreme Court’s positioning to overturn Roe v. Wade

Statement from Equality Illinois Deputy Director Mony Ruiz-Velasco:

Equality Illinois condemns the US Supreme Court’s draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade and eliminate the federal right to abortions, thereby threatening access to safe and legal reproductive healthcare in most of the United States. This decision is violence against all people who need affordable, accessible, and affirming reproductive healthcare; especially trans and gender-expansive people, people of color, people with disabilities, and people living in poverty.

The Court’s draft decision threatens people’s legal right to control their bodies and determine the course of their most intimate personal relationships. Make no mistake: LGBTQ+ rights are in the crosshairs next.  The same people who have championed the legal campaign to this draft opinion have already signaled their intent to build off an opinion like this to take away our employment protections, our right to marry legally, and even our right to form intimate relationships free from criminalization.

It has always been time for action, but especially now. Our rights are under attack. We must show up and fight back in the streets and with our vote. We call on our LGBTQ+ communities across the state to activate and ensure our voices are heard.

Our federal elected officials must codify the fundamental right to an abortion into federal law. The United States House of Representatives already acted on the legislation last year. The United States Senate must act immediately.

In Illinois, reproductive healthcare, including abortion, is a fundamental right, thanks to the legislators and advocates who passed the Reproductive Health Act in 2019. However, our Illinois laws would be wiped away if anti-choice and anti-equality politicians take power in Washington, D.C. and adopted a national abortion ban, which is their stated goal. Thus, our state laws hinge on who is elected to the United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, Illinois Supreme Court, Illinois General Assembly, and Governor’s Office at the November 2022 general election.

In Illinois, we must only support and vote for pro-choice, pro-LGBTQ+ quality champions. We must vote!

And those with financial ability must support abortion funds. These funds remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access for individuals. Please donate.

Finally, we remind everyone again and again: Abortion is healthcare and LGBTQ+ rights are reproductive rights.

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