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'My last resort' — thousands come to Illinois to have abortions


'My last resort' â thousands come to Illinois to have abortions
Chicago Tribune

"I've seen what unplanned pregnancies do to people," said the woman, who requested anonymity to keep her recent abortion a secret from those closest to her. "I don't want to be put through that. I don't want to be forced into a marriage. I don't want to raise a child alone."Illinois health data show that each year around 3,000 women come from out of state to have an abortion in Illinois, which has some of the least restrictive laws in the Midwest.While the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade has guaranteed the right to an abortion since 1973, lawmakers and courts across the country continue to tussle over the boundaries of that reproductive freedom. That has created pockets of access in places like Illinois amid what has been termed the U.S. abortion desert of the South and Midwest.

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