Virtual Town Hall: The Future Of Abortion Rights In Illinois

September 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm 7:45 pm


This weekend, President Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ginsburg’s death. The next Supreme Court Justice will shape civil rights and liberties for generations including the scope of federal protections for reproductive freedom, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, immigrants' rights, and more.

Join us Tuesday, September 29, at 7:00 PM for a discussion on the future of abortion rights in Illinois, especially if Roe v. Wade were overturned. You will hear directly from:

  • Khadine Bennett, ACLU of Illinois' Advocacy and Intergovernmental Affairs Director,
  • Sen. Melinda Bush, Illinois State Senator,
  • Anne Caprara, Chief of Staff for Governor J.B. Pritzker,
  • Rep. Kelly Cassidy, Illinois State Representative, and
  • Ameri Klafeta, ACLU of Illinois' Women's and Reproductive Rights Project Director.

In the face of persistent nationwide efforts to retract federal constitutional protections for reproductive rights, the ACLU secured the right to make fundamental health decisions in Illinois with the passage of the historic Reproductive Health Act (RHA) last year. The RHA ensures access to birth control and access to abortion care in Illinois — regardless of what happens in the Supreme Court or surrounding states.

You will have an opportunity to ask questions about the confirmation process, the risk to fundamental rights, should Judge Barrett be confirmed, the importance of state legislative protections of important rights, and how we plan to remain vigilant in Illinois, even after enactment of the Reproductive Health Act.