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Legislature should protect abortion rights

Published: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

The Illinois Legislature is going back into session soon, and we have issues to tackle, including the minimum wage and the progressive income tax. It is important that lawmakers keep their focus on those issues and not on attacking women’s reproductive health.

Jan. 22 was the 41st anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. While the majority of Americans celebrate Roe and [abortion rights], there are still people, including lawmakers, who look to attack Roe.

In the past 3 years, there have been 205 abortion restrictions passed in state legislatures across the country. Thankfully, Illinois is not a state that is looking to attack [abortion rights]. 

I encourage lawmakers to not introduce a 20-week ban on abortions that are targeted at young, low-income women; mandatory ultrasounds that invade a woman’s privacy; or bills that would shut down abortion clinics. Illinois is a state that values women’s health, and we should not change our ways.

As a high school student, woman, and Illinoisan, I encourage lawmakers to keep their focus on issues such as the minimum wage and the progressive income tax, not attacking women’s reproductive health. Not only will young women appreciate your focus, but so will your mother, your wife, and your constituents.

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