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New data shows patients continue to flock to Illinois for abortions

Nearly two years after the Roe v. Wade ruling was overturned, women continue to turn to the state of Illinois for abortion, new data from Planned Parenthood of Illinois showed Monday.

The majority of patients travel from nearby states of Indiana and Wisconsin to receive treatment at Planned Parenthood centers, including one in Waukegan.

After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 22, 2022, Governor JB Pritzker vowed that Illinois would be a haven for legal abortion procedures.

Planned Parenthood health centers like this one in Waukegan are seeing an influx of patients from other states, including Wisconsin.
The Associated Press

Planned Parenthood of Illinois “has seen a 47% increase in total abortion patients and an unprecedented number of patients from 41 different states,” officials said.

Previously, three to five percent of patients came from other states; today, that number is almost 25 percent.

Planned Parenthood's health centers near the Illinois border serve most out-of-state patients, the agency reported.

A newly opened clinic in Carbondale is seeing an influx of women from Tennessee and Kentucky because of abortion restrictions in those states.

“We know that banning or restricting abortion does not eliminate the need for abortion care,” Jennifer Welch, president of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, said in a statement.

The people who visit the Carbondale health center come from 16 different states, most from Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Indiana, Arkansas, Alabama and Missouri.

Statewide, the number of abortions increased in 2022, with 16,849 procedures recorded, compared to 11,307 in 2021, the Illinois Department of Public Health said in January.

In total, 56,457 patients in Illinois underwent abortion or took medication in 2022, up from 51,797 in 2021, a 9% increase, the IDPH reported.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, abortion is currently banned in 14 states, including neighboring Indiana, Kentucky and Missouri. Eleven states have restrictions between the sixth and 22nd week of pregnancy.

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