Senator Villanueva on the Senate FloorSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Celina Villanueva (D-Chicago) issued the following statement Tuesday in response to the leaked draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade (1973) decision:

“Today, I seethe with anger over the leaked majority opinion, and I am in fear of women’s safety and our future. This decision is a direct attack on the rights of women, which have been under assault for the majority of our nation’s history. A woman’s right to choose is fundamental, and to remove the protections set forth by the critical 1973 ruling is to create dangerous, undue burden for one of our most vulnerable populations. Removing this precedent would not stop people from seeking abortion, but it would make them far less safe for those who employ their inalienable bodily autonomy to decide the course of action that is best for them.”

“I resent and reject the notion that forced birth does not amount to a violation of a person’s rights under the U.S. Constitution. This opinion will no doubt determine the trajectory of our nation and our states over the next few years. Choosing to abandon this federal protection of a woman’s ability to terminate her pregnancy will lead us down a dangerous path in which little by little our access to safe and supportive environments is removed until we reach a point of blatant inequality. I am infuriated at the constant exertion of power by officials who are so far removed from the lives of the people whose interests they claim to represent. They will not stop until they have total control over women and other marginalized communities, and that is disgusting, appalling and degenerate.

“While Illinois will continue to be a beacon of hope for those seeking refuge from these abhorrent practices, the implications of this leaked opinion demonstrate that we must act now. This breach of trust in our law is a grand set back that takes us to a place we do not want to be, tarnishing the work of many who sacrificed their lives to build equity into our systems. It is a terrible day indeed.”