CHICAGO — State Rep. Lilian Jiménez, D-Chicago, continued her commitment to securing reproductive rights in Illinois, joining with more than 600 legislators from across the country to demand that the U.S. Supreme Court protects mifepristone access.
“The Supreme Court needs to do what is in the best interest of millions of Americans: protect freedom, not special interests hellbent on curtailing hard-fought reproductive rights,” Jiménez said. “Mifepristone has been a critical and safe medication to end pregnancy and treat miscarriages countless individuals face on a daily basis. I joined with my fellow legislators to make clear that Americans cannot, and will not, go back. We will continue to hold the line on protecting life saving medications and services that unequivocally uphold everyone’s right to bodily autonomy.”
Jiménez co-signed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court urging the high court to reject a right-wing judge’s effort to restrict access to mifepristone, which can be used to end a pregnancy or treat a miscarriage. The judge’s initial ruling not only diminishes a provider’s ability to prescribe mifepristone over the phone, online or through the mail but also lowers the period in which someone can access the drug. Typically, at-home pregnancy tests are reliable after four weeks of a missed menstruation cycle. If the Supreme Court upholds the lower court’s ruling, the time limit would decrease from ten weeks to seven weeks.