Pritzker calls for federal law, protests to protect abortion

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois governor is urging Congress to legalize abortion in federal law now that a 50-year-old Supreme Court ruling allowing abortions is in jeopardy. Supporters of abortion rights were stunned last week when Politico reported on a leaked preliminary opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court suggesting it would overturn its landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker was joined Wednesday by abortion-rights supporters at a Planned Parenthood logistics facility in the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis. The facility arranges travel, lodging and other assistance for out-of-state women seeking abortions in Illinois where it is legal under state law.