Abortion in Illinois: Mayor Lori Lightfoot signs executive order to protect those seeking abortion in Chicago

CHICAGO (WLS) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined Planned Parenthood of Illinois to announce an executive order to protect those who seek reproductive assistance in Chicago.

Mayor Lightfoot said the executive order barred all city departments, including the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Department of Public Health, from cooperating with any investigations or litigation by other states seeking criminal or civil liability for people seeking reproductive care in Chicago.

“While we cannot prevent anti-abortion states from attempting to sue health care providers or patients in Chicago, we can guarantee that, as a city government, we will never be complicit in or incited by these efforts.”

Mayor Lightfoot said the need for abortions in Chicago is already on the rise.

Several aldermen are also planning to submit an ordinance to the city council, which will be signed in September and become a law protecting visitors who want to have an abortion in Chicago.

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The mayor said the city has already spent $500,000 to expand access to reproductive health.

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Peter Breen, vice president and senior counsel for the Thomas More Society, said in a statement, “Instead of focusing so much on abortion of out-of-state children, Mayor Lightfoot should focus on addressing the violence issues Chicagoans face every day.” ‘

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