Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces fund for Chicagoans, those seeking abortions from neighboring states

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces fund for Chicagoans, those seeking abortions from neighboring states

CHICAGO (TOC) — The mayor of Chicago challenged different mayors to guard reproductive rights.

“The second needs to be a name to arms and I name upon all individuals of fine will at this second to be sure you are investing within the organizations which are on the entrance line,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot mentioned.

Metropolis officers and leaders of a number of native reproductive rights organizations stood with Lightfoot as she introduced the “Justice For All Pledge” and $500,000 that may go towards growing entry to providers, together with abortion. The fund will help entry to reproductive healthcare for Chicagoans and sufferers in search of abortions from neighboring states that might outlaw the process if Roe v. Wade is overturned, Lightfoot mentioned.

The announcement got here after a leaked draft resolution confirmed a majority of U.S. Supreme Courtroom justices seem to have voted to successfully overturn the 1973 landmark abortion precedent set in Roe v. Wade. The “Justice For All Pledge” fund consists of entry to transportation, lodging, care and, if crucial, secure and authorized entry to an abortion process, Lightfoot’s workplace mentioned in an announcement, including that the funding is a part of Chicago’s plan to “be a secure haven for all who’re unjustly denied the sources and alternatives they deserve.”

“Deliberate Parenthood of Illinois is at the moment getting ready to see double to 5 instances the variety of sufferers we see for abortion care,” mentioned Jennifer Welch of Deliberate Parenthood of Illinois. “That’s staggering.”

Anti-abortion rights group Professional-Life Motion League issued an announcement suggesting that $500,000 must be used to supply extra providers Black and Brown households.

“We do not need Illinois and Chicago to be an abortion vacation spot, which is something however a ‘secure haven’ for ladies and kids,” the group mentioned.

Diana Parker-Kafka is with Midwest Entry Coalition, a regional group that helps sufferers get to abortion appointments even when they dwell outdoors of Illinois.

“The general public drive, however they can not even afford the fuel,” Parker-Kafka mentioned.

Parker-Kafka mentioned they received 30-48 calls a month final yr. In January, they received 120-150 calls from individuals in want of transportation, and generally lodging, as entry was restricted elsewhere.

“When Kentucky shut down entry, we noticed lots of people from Kentucky who had appointments in Louisville had come Illinois and wanted journey help last-minute and we had been ready to do this,” Parker-Kafka mentioned.

Town’s pledge additionally consists of commitments to “shield and improve entry for all secure reproductive, obstetric, and gynecological healthcare” and “construct capability for anti-racist management” whereas addressing “racial and well being disparities skilled by individuals of colour.” The pledge particularly cites larger charges of maternal and toddler mortality skilled by Black girls in Chicago.

Lightfoot’s workplace added that if somebody is in search of help and providers, the OneChiFam web site gives trusted sources and details about sexual and reproductive well being and consists of an On-line Useful resource Finder. CDPH additionally hosts a digital neighborhood listing as a part of its OneChiFam useful resource web page. Anybody can use this listing to go looking by zip code, class or key phrase.

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