42% more women are traveling to Illinois for an abortion. 3,210 out-of-state women got an abortion in Illinois in 2015. In 2016, that number rose to 4,543.
Alison Dreith of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri stated, “Illinois is kind of a beacon when it comes to abortion services and abortion right here in the Midwest.”
Dreith lives in Missouri and had an abortion in Illinois in 2016. Even though abortions are decreasing overall in Illinois, some women say they’re traveling there because their home states restrict abortion access.
“I knew I didn’t have to go through those regulations that Missouri legislators think are about the health and safety of women because I trust myself and I trust women. Illinois has been increasing women’s access in recent years — woman can now use Medicaid to pay for the procedure. Meanwhile, states like Iowa and Kentucky are closing clinics — Iowa is also trying to pass a bill that would restrict abortions if a heartbeat is detected. And Missouri requires counseling 72 hours before the procedure. Lawmakers in Kentucky are trying to make it the first state with zero abortion clinics. Meanwhile, pro-life and pro-choice advocates are debating why abortions in Illinois are less common. Some think young women are leaning pro-life while pro-choice leaders credit access to birth control.