Reaction from Illinois lawmakers is pouring in following an apparent leak of a U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion that suggests a majority of justices support overturning a 1973 precedent that legalized abortion nationwide. Illinois has the Reproductive Health Act on the books with expanded abortion rights. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the bill into law in 2019. During a news conference this morning, House Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch said the law keeps abortions legal and safe in the state, despite any Supreme Court decision.
Democratic Congressman Sean Casten tweeted to voters to put supporters of legal abortion access in the U.S. House and Senate this November and -- quote -- “we fix this permanently.” In a statement, Republican Congressman Rodney Davis said he is deeply concerned with the leak, and it is nothing more than an attempt to intimidate the justices on this case and sway their opinion.