By Teodora Marinescu and Katie Carpenter
With the Trump administration’s efforts to restrict funding, Planned Parenthood has found itself again at the center of the heated, ongoing pro-life versus pro-choice debate.
While Illinois is considered to be a safe-haven for reproductive rights, conservative politicians have recently pushed for the defunding of this organization, which could affect the access to reproductive health care of over 50,000 patients.
Moreover, according to the Chicago Tribune, individuals from other states turn to Illinois for better access to reproductive health services so they would also be affected. In 2017, around 5,500 patients traveled to Illinois for access to abortions.