If the Supreme Court should overturn abortion rights, abortion will instantly become illegal in many states and stay legal in others.
We have an update this morning for a state where it would be allowed.
Abortion providers in Illinois expect patients from surrounding Midwestern states to flock there.
So how do they prepare?
I guess we should just remind people - Illinois is a bluer state than many of the redder states surrounding it.
So how many abortions does Illinois currently provide both for people within Illinois and people coming from out of state?
Well, the latest figures, Steve, are from 2020.
And the Illinois Department of Public Health says in that year, there were 46,000 abortions in Illinois.
In-state patients, at 36,000, made up the bulk of those.
And there were slightly more than 9,600 out-of-state patients.
And those numbers have both been on the rise since about 2014.
And part of the reason this may be happening is because Illinois has fewer limitations on abortions - as you said, a bluer state.
And unlike surrounding states, like Missouri, it's not going to automatically ban abortions if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.
And in 2019, it approved legislation that says reproductive health care, including abortions, is a fundamental right.
So abortion rights advocates here in Illinois are just really paying close attention to what's happening in surrounding states.
I spoke with Jennifer Welch. She's president of Planned Parenthood of Illinois.
Here, we're a haven in the Midwest.
And every state that touches us will probably lose access to care.
And that is very concerning.
And that, of course, brings us back to numbers.
She says, potentially, it could mean another 20,000 to 30,000 out-of-state residents coming to Illinois to seek abortions.
How are facilities preparing for that many people?
Well, many of them say they've been preparing for years.
And if we look at Planned Parenthood as an example, it expanded its facility.
In downtown Chicago, it built a couple of new health centers near state lines in recent years - one near Wisconsin, another near Indiana.
I visited that one. It's located in Flossmoor, Ill., about a half-hour drive from the Illinois-Indiana border.
我去过那家。 该机构位于伊利诺伊州的弗洛斯穆尔。 从伊利诺斯州到印第安纳州边境大约有半小时的车程。
And that facility added more days for surgery, going from one day a week to two.
It and other facilities use telehealth or video visits.
And patients can either pick up abortion medication at a health center or have it mailed to an Illinois address.
And that just frees up physical space at facilities for out-of-state visitors.
And groups like the Chicago Abortion Fund help with barriers people may face in actually getting to Illinois, especially for patients who may find it difficult financially.
They help pay for health centers, for appointments, arranging travel, that sort of thing.
Let's just remember that if Roe v. Wade were overturned at the federal level, that throws the debate to every state.
We heard an update from Georgia the other day, where there was a lieutenant governor debate.
And every candidate was - said, yeah, I'll just - let's just ban it. Let's just ban abortion.
That was their - about the next step in Georgia, at least among Republicans.
What's the political debate like in Illinois?
Well, there's passion. There's motivation.
The Illinois primary is late next month.
So a long shot that there will be enough Republicans unseating Democrats here to roll back any of the recent actions on abortion here.