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Chicago commits $500k for access to reproductive healthcare, abortions

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CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a $500,000 investment for reproductive healthcare throughout the city.

The money will be deployed through the Chicago Department of Public Health to assist anyone, regardless of where they live, with obtaining needed reproductive health services in the city, to include abortion.

Lightfoot also revealed the “Justice for All” pledge by the city government which declares no one will be discriminated against in receiving healthcare in Chicago. She has asked other mayors across the country to adopt a similar pledge.

Jennifer Welch, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, noted her organization is preparing to serve two to five times the number of women seeking abortions in the state as they currently see.

These announcements come one week after a leaked draft opinion by the Supreme Court of the United States showed the justices were considering a ruling which would overturn Roe v. Wade and eliminate the federal protection for women to get an abortion.

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