SKOKIE, Ill. — State Rep. Kevin Olickal, D-Skokie, joined a nationwide wave of legislators in efforts to protect bodily autonomy by urging the Supreme Court to defend access to mifepristone and other critical reproductive health medications.
“Reproductive health medications such as mifepristone are life-changing, life-saving drugs,” said Olickal. “Illinois is committed to protecting women’s right to choose. We will not sit by and let far-right judges push archaic, anti-choice policies to diminish that.”
Olickal 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 end pregnancy and treat miscarriage safely. Olickal was joined by more than 600 other legislators in 49 other states imploring the Supreme Court to reverse the decision that would limit the drug’s access nationwide.
“Illinois is a haven for human rights, and we will not succumb to right-wing pressures attempting to deter that. Whether we are standing up for a woman’s right to choose, standing up to discrimination in LGBTQ+ communities, or fighting for equal opportunities for members of our community, I will continue to push a legislative agenda that ensures human rights are a priority — not left in the dust,” Olickal said.