(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – Angering the pro-life movement, Illinois has seen a spike of over 50% in the number of abortions since the June 2022 Dobbs ruling of the US Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.
Almost a year since the ruling, clinics in Illinois report a 54% increase in abortions, with nearly a quarter of the patients coming from another state, the state chapter of Planned Parenthood said in a release cited by The Daily Caller.
In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the US Supreme Court ruled that abortion wasn’t a constitutional right, allowing states to impose bans at their discretion.
Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) blamed the reported spike in abortions on the Dobbs ruling. It added more women were arriving for abortions later in their pregnancies.
“Abortions over 16 weeks gestational age now make up 13% of all procedural abortions, compared to 8% pre-Dobbs decision,” PPIL said.
“The number of patients needing financial assistance or travel support to get care at PPIL has more than doubled in the year since Dobbs. These trends demonstrate how bans and restrictions force patients to delay and travel farther for care,” the abortionist group declared.
It said its clinic had received women from 34 states for abortions in the past year. Most of Illinois’ neighboring states – like Wisconsin, Nebraska, Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee – have adopted abortion restrictions since the Dobbs ruling.
The release said the cost of an abortion increased from $250 to $500. It added that PPIL had given out $1.5 million in “financial support” to patients.
The organization also added 700 new volunteers over the past year, who put in 6,200 volunteer hours, up from 2,000 volunteer hours worked in the preceding one-year period.
The announcement said further PPIL was working to handle a growing demand for “sex-change care” by “out-of-state transgender patients.”
“People should have the freedom to control their own body without political or corporate interference,” declared PPIL president and CEO Jennifer Welch.
“This includes access to all abortion options and gender-affirming care, which is targeted by the same anti-abortion organizations and legislators. I am proud of the work PPIL does to meet patients’ needs,” she added.
Illinois' abortions have increased by more than 50% since the Dobbs decision https://t.co/P9eU4JRahR
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 13, 2023