Marchers Urge Illinois Lawmakers To Bolster Abortion Rights

Steve Miller
May 20, 2019 - 7:09 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Several hundred abortion-rights supporters demonstrated in the Loop Monday afternoon, with dozens of participants dressed like handmaids from "The Handmaid's Tale."

The costumed women marched in silence to Chicago's Federal Plaza, where abortion-rights advocates like Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle urged supporters to keep the pressure on to preserve abortion rights.

"And believe me, this is not going to be an easy battle. Clearly the Republicans have decided that this issue is one which they can ride to success in 2020,” she said.

Riley Reed is founder of Women's March DePaul at DePaul University.

"I'm calling out governments across the nation to protect the Reproductive Health Act. I'm calling on the Illinois General Assembly to pass the RHA," she said.

The Reproductive Health Act would replace Illinois laws that criminalize abortion. These laws are still on the books but not enforced.

"The Handmaid's Tale" is a book about a dystopian future where women are compelled to bear children. It serves as the basis for a cable television series. 

Several state legislatures have passed abortion restrictions, possibly setting the stage for the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the "Roe V. Wade" decision that legalized abortion in the U.S.