CHICAGO – State Rep. Kam Buckner, D-Chicago, joined a nationwide wave of legislators urging the Supreme Court to defend access to mifepristone and other critical reproductive health medications.
“Curtailing access to mifepristone is just another in a long line of radical attacks on the right to choose, and I am joining with hundreds of other lawmakers to call on the Supreme Court to step in and preserve that right,” Buckner said. “Bodily autonomy is a fundamental freedom all people deserve, but anti-choice advocates have consistently shown that they are willing to encroach on that freedom to score political points. They will always face staunch opposition from Illinois.”
Buckner signed an amicus brief, or a letter of an advisory brief, urging the court to reject right-wing efforts to restrict access to mifepristone, one of only two medications used to safely end pregnancy and treat miscarriage. More than 600 other legislators from 49 states co-signed. Illinois received more legislative signatures than any other state seeking mifepristone’s protection.
“I am proud of the legislation Illinois has passed to protect the right to choose, but for the sake of women across the country, the Supreme Court must take action to secure Americans’ freedoms,” Buckner said. “This is not an issue with more than one reasonable position, the right to choose cannot be encroached on. Any steps taken towards that goal are unacceptable.”