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January 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

A woman holds a sign that reads My Body, My Choice
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Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of the Roe-v-Wade decision and one state senator is reflecting on the status of reproductive rights.

In 1973, Roe-v-Wade granted women a constitutional right to an abortion. But last year, that was struck down by the U-S Supreme Court.

Senator Celina Villanueva sponsored a measure the governor has signed into law affirming that in Illinois, women have the right to choose. Still, she says there is more work to do.

"We just saw an attack on a Planned Parenthood in Peoria less than a week after the bill signing and my fear is we've already seen that type of violence. My fear is that we will see more types of violence."

Chicago Senator Sara Feigenholtz says Illinois must remain a beacon of hope.

"I think we were all sort of winded and we felt the gut punch when this happened. But, we've rallied and we're winning in our state. We also have to figure out long-term how we repair this on a national level."

Governor J-B Pritzker signed a law last week solidifying a woman's right to choose and providing protections for patients and providers, especially those coming from other states.

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