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Chicago Offers Sanctuary for Abortions, Gender-Affirming Care

  • City council ratifies and expands mayor’s July executive order
  • Illinois has become abortion access oasis for Midwest, South
Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago, Illinois.

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Chicago has decided to prohibit its agencies, including the police department, from cooperating with out-of-state law enforcement in investigating those who travel to the city for abortions or gender-affirming care.

The city council on Wednesday approved an ordinance sponsored by Alderman Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez that codifies and expands an earlier executive order from Mayor Lori Lightfoot. The ordinance is modeled after Chicago’s sanctuary city law for immigration. It follows a slew of similar executive actions and local laws in blue cities across the country after the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade in June, gutting 50 years of abortion protection.