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In the wake of Dobbs decision, Gov. Pritzker calls special session

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Lawmakers will consider protections for abortion providers in Illinois

Democratic Illinois Governor JB Pritzker is calling on state lawmakers to return to Springfield for a special session in response to Friday's Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v Wade.

In a statement Pritzker says he wants lawmakers to “further enshrine our commitment to reproductive health care rights and protections.”

It's not clear what legislation Pritzker has in mind --- but Illinois law allows for abortion to continue to be legal in Illinois in spite of the SCOTUS ruling.

In a statement, Pritzker also makes clear he intends to make this issue a key part of his re-election campaign this year.

He says reproductive rights is on the ballot in November’s election – since every Republican candidate for governor has expressed anti-abortion rights views.

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