FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mary Kate Zander
Illinois Right to Life
E: [email protected]
June 12, 2023
ILLINOIS RIGHT TO LIFE RESPONDS TO 54 PERCENT INCREASE IN PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S ABORTION CLIENTS
(CHICAGO, IL) – – On Monday, June 12th, Illinois Right to Life responded to news that Planned Parenthood of Illinois announced a 54 percent increase in abortion patients since the Supreme Court ruled on Dobbs v. Jackson in June of 2022. Planned Parenthood of Illinois also noted that nearly 25 percent of clients traveled to Illinois to receive abortions – a significant increase from the 7 percent who traveled prior to Dobbs.
“Illinois is the fail-safe for the national abortion industry and these numbers prove it,” said Illinois Right to Life Executive Director Mary Kate Zander. “Abortion providers are moving out of states where abortion has been restricted and into states like Illinois so that they can continue to profit from women’s pain. Planned Parenthood is feeding this cash cow by shipping women in from other states to monetize Illinois’ lack of accountability for abortion providers.”
Since 2019, the Illinois Legislature has removed virtually all accountability for and restrictions on abortion providers. The Reproductive Health Act (RHA), signed into law in anticipation of a ruling on Dobbs, removed the language that required abortion facilities to be licensed and inspected, and barred local municipalities from holding abortion providers accountable to any licensing, health, or safety inspections. The RHA even went so far as to remove an abortion facility’s obligation to report a woman’s death to the County Coroner or to preserve the scene or any possible evidence of wrongdoing.
In January of this year, the Illinois Legislature passed a bill that created a temporary permit for doctors and non-physicians to cross state lines to perform abortions in Illinois and effectively made Illinois a “sanctuary state” for disgraced abortion providers who’d lost their licenses for performing illegal abortions in other states.