Illinois leaders react to US Supreme Court abortion ruling overturning Roe v. Wade

Read what officials had to say about the decision.

The historic Roe v. Wade court case legalizing abortion in the United States has been struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in a split decision. The new opinion, officially released Friday, June 24, 2022, related to the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which challenged the constitutionality of a Mississippi abortion law. Officials around Illinois and Missouri are responding to the decision. Read their quotes below.

In Illinois, we trust women. Despite the action of the Supreme Court today overturning Roe v. Wade, the right to safe, accessible reproductive health care is in full force in Illinois – and will remain so.

J.B. Pritzker
Illinois governor

I am outraged and horrified—this outcome is a nightmare that robs women of their right to make their own choices about their healthcare and their bodies, and it paves the way for a nationwide abortion ban that Republicans have been seeking for decades.

Tammy Duckworth
U.S. Senator, Illinois

This is a historic and incredible day for Life and the unborn in America, a day that all of us in the pro-life movement have been praying for and working towards.

Rodney Davis
U.S. Rep. R-Taylorville, Illinois

Today, following the United States Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, with the issuance of an attorney general opinion, my office has yet again reinforced Missouri’s dedication to protecting the sanctity of life, both born and unborn.

Eric Schmitt
Missouri attorney general

I am extremely disappointed with today’s Supreme Court decision, which jeopardizes the health, the safety and the lives of millions of women in the United States – especially those who already have the least access to health care and other resources.

Kwame Raoul
Illinois attorney general

Today’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States marks an important moment for our nation, lifting a cloud that has hung over our country for nearly a half century.

Thomas John Paprocki
Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois

The bottom line: on critical, personal choices involving a woman’s right to make reproductive decisions about her own body, do you trust her or the gov't?

Dick Durbin
U.S. Senator, Illinois

Rejoice! Our prayers have been answered!

Mary Miller
U.S. Rep., R-Oakland, Illinois

Today, millions of prayers have been answered. Abortion is a very difficult and controversial topic in which real lives - of both mothers and babies - are deeply affected.

Don Tracy
Illinois Republican Party chairman


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