CHICAGO – Abortion has been front and center at Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings this week, and the future of Roe v. Wade is at risk if Kavanaugh is on the Supreme Court.
Today, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action PAC (PPIA PAC) and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx joined to support Kwame Raoul as Illinois’ next Attorney General because he is a longtime advocate for advancing equality in Illinois.
Statement from Jennifer Welch, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action
“2018 has been dubbed the year of the woman, but it needs to be the year for women. With so much uncertainty coming out of Washington D.C. the Attorneys General are the last line of defense to protect our rights, Kwame Raoul is who I want to protect my rights and the rights of the more than 68,000 patients who visited Planned Parenthood of Illinois last year.”
Statement from Kim Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney
“I have worked closely with Kwame Raoul on criminal justice reform and particularly on reforming our bail system. As a fellow prosecutor and policymaker, Kwame has been a trailblazer on many issues, but most importantly, I know he will continue to fiercely defend a woman’s right to choose. I’m supporting Kwame Raoul because he will be the best advocate for us as Attorney General.”
Statement from Kwame Raoul, Democratic candidate for Attorney General
“I am deeply grateful for the support of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action at a time when a woman’s access to reproductive healthcare is under relentless attack and state attorneys general are the last line of defense. Illinois women deserve safe, comprehensive healthcare and accurate information about their options. As my record of public service reflects, I respect a woman’s choice and as attorney general, I will always protect her rights.”
Raoul has sponsored and co-sponsored legislation that has expanded access to abortion coverage (HB 40), create a sexual harassment task force (SR 1076), increase the minimum wage, and amend the Health Care Right of Conscience Act (SB 1564) so patients are able to get accurate information about their care. In contrast, Erika Harold wants to roll back the clock on women’s rights, especially access to abortion. Harold believes the only time abortion should be “permitted” is if the pregnant woman’s life is in danger. Harold doesn’t believe survivors of rape or incest should be able to access an abortion. Erika Harold is a dangerous choice for women in Illinois.