Reproductive rights in the United States have been under near-constant assault since the 2016 presidential election. A number of states are currently attempting to introduce what are known as “heartbeat bills,” which would outlaw abortion as soon as a fetus has a detectable heartbeat (which happens at about six weeks, before many women even know they’re pregnant), and several states are attempting to ban safe and legal abortions almost entirely. So we’re literally cheering in our seats today after learning about a major clapback coming out of Illinois.
The state has erected a “Welcome to Illinois” billboard that makes it very clear that they support a woman’s right to choose.
According to CBS News, the billboard is located near the state border with Missouri and was funded by pro-choice groups in March after the Missouri legislature began attempting to pass laws that would severely limit abortion access within the state. The billboard is also located near an Illinois women’s clinic that Missouri women can access should their own state begin denying them critical reproductive options.
We’re heartened to see this literal billboard-sized act of resistance, and we’re also glad that progressive states are attempting to assist women in conservative areas whose rights are currently at risk. These are scary times, but there’s always something we can do to fight.