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Republican governor candidates worry Illinois to become ‘Mecca’ for Midwest abortions

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(The Center Square) – Abortion access now could be a key issue in this year’s Illinois elections.

Following the revelation Monday night of a draft U.S. Supreme Court majority opinion that signals abortion regulations would be up to individual states, Gov. J.B. Pritzker told CNN that Illinois needs to do more to expand access, even to those who live out of state.

“We’ve seen thousands of women here left with no other choice but to cross state lines here in order to access their rights,” Pritzker said.

State Sen. Darren Bailey, R-Xenia, is one of six Republicans looking to take on Pritzker in November. He criticized Pritzker and Democrats for leaning toward more access to abortion.

“They want to come together to try and figure out how they can continue to destroy life, how they can make Illinois the Mecca, the abortion capital of the world,” Bailey said on a social media video. “They’ve already told us that.”

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that in 2020, more than 46,000 abortions were performed in Illinois, of which more than 9,600 were out-of-state pregnancies terminated in Illinois. 

GOP candidate Jesse Sullivan also responded via video … More at The Center Square 

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