The Governor of Illinois officially designated abortion a “fundamental right” throughout his state Wednesday; removing nearly all restrictions on the practice after several conservative states passed so-called ‘Heartbeat’ legislation.
“The governor of the US state of Illinois on Wednesday enacted a law establishing a ‘fundamental right’ to abortion and removing old laws that criminalized the procedure,” reports France24. “The Illinois law was passed in response to a wave of bans and restrictions approved in other states, and Governor JB Pritzker hailed it as ‘a beacon of hope in the heart of this nation.’”
“Those opposed to women’s reproductive rights are emboldened,” the governor said, “And their hopeful eyes are on the highest court in the land.”
“We are building a firewall around Illinois to protect reproductive access for everyone,” said one state representative.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards -the Deep South’s only Democratic Governor- defied his party last Friday and signed his state’s newest ‘Heartbeat’ law; becoming the latest state to limit abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
“The signature puts Edwards further out of step with the Democratic Party, whose platform is to allow the government to pay for abortions. Lawmakers in blue states also are pushing for looser restrictions on abortion and to codify abortion rights,” reports the Washington Examiner.
“I know there are many who feel just as strongly as I do on abortion and disagree with me — and I respect their opinions,” Edwards said Wednesday. “As I prepare to sign this bill, I call on the overwhelming bipartisan majority of legislators who voted on it to join me in continuing to build a better Louisiana.”