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What we're fighting for in Springfield

As tireless advocates for reproductive rights and equality in Illinois, we share a vision for Illinois that centers personal freedoms for all. Join us in the fight to make a better Illinois! Here's what we're fighting for:

Increase state funding for reproductive and sexual health care 

Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health care providers rely on Illinois Family Planning Program grants to cover costs for patients receiving basic primary and preventive health care, such as wellness exams, lifesaving cancer screenings, contraception, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) testing and treatment. For the past two years, there has not been funding from the federal government to cover the costs of a family planning program. During that same timeframe, the family planning line in the state budget has stayed stagnant.

Planned Parenthood Illinois Action is committed to: 

  • Pushing for a restoration of funding to the family planning (Title X) program 

  • Seeking full funding from the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Family Planning Program 

Improve personal health, safety, and sex education for Illinois students 

In 2021, the Illinois General Assembly passed the Keeping Youth Safe and Healthy Act, establishing state learning standards for personal health and sex education. However, many schools lack the resources to implement the new standards. According to data from a 2023 Illinois State Board of Elections survey sent to every public school in Illinois, only 30% of schools currently teach any sort of sex education. 

Planned Parenthood Illinois Action will:

  • Support legislation requiring all public schools to teach personal health and safety sex education; and 

  • Lobby for grant funding for public schools and community organizations to assist school districts in accessing the resources they need to follow these new learning standards, such as curricula and teacher training. (SB 3384) 

Protect and Improve Access to Abortion and Gender-Affirming Health Care

Since the Supreme Court's decision in the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health Case, which reversed the precedent set by Roe v. Wade, Illinois' significance as a haven state in the Midwest has become even more pivotal. 

Unfortunately, our opponents are using the same playbook to restrict those seeking gender-affirming health care. As a result, Illinois has become a key player among states offering this essential health care service, especially as other states increasingly enact dangerous laws restricting or banning care. 

Our mission focuses on ensuring Illinois remains a welcoming state for people seeking all ranges of sexual and reproductive health care. 

Planned Parenthood Illinois Action will:

  • Pursue grant funding for providers and abortion funds; and
  • Support policies to protect data privacy for those seeking or providing care.

Combat Attacks on Abortion and Gender-Affirming Care

Since the overturn of Roe v. Wade, the anti-abortion movement has shifted its focus to ending access to abortion and gender-affirming care state by state. 

With our partners in the Illinois General Assembly, we will combat and push back on any attacks aimed to diminish Illinois as a haven state for abortion and gender-affirming health care. 


Planned Parenthood Illinois Action will:

  • Oppose all anti-abortion and anti-trans legislations.

Partner with Coalition Members to Support Progressive Issues 

Planned Parenthood recognizes that the needs of patients and supporters go beyond reproductive rights and access to reproductive health care. We understand that our concerns intersect with numerous issues affecting the overall health and well-being of Planned Parenthood patients and Illinois residents. 

We're proud to partner with a strong coalition to address several progressive issues. We work together to pass legislation around environmental freedom, gun violence prevention, worker protections, expanding healthcare access, and supporting immigrant rights.

Planned Parenthood Illinois Action will:

  • Support initiatives related to racial justice, workers’ rights, minimum wage, environmental justice, LGBTQ issues, health care, gun violence prevention, paid family leave, preventing gender-based violence, strengthening the safety net, and improving Medicaid and health insurance coverage.

Donate to help us continue the fight

We are fighting (and winning) for reproductive rights and equality in Illinois. We need your help to ensure that we are able to keep up our work. Donate to Planned Parenthood Illinois Action today and help us to continue this fight.

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Get Involved! 

With nearly 600 restrictions already introduced nationwide, 2021 was the worst year for attacks on abortion since Roe v. Wade was decided. This is the loudest alarm yet that reproductive rights are in grave danger. Planned Parenthood Illinois Action is fighting back with everything we have, but we need your help!

Share Your Story

Planned Parenthood has touched many lives, but unfortunately, some people don’t understand everything we do — from providing essential health care and sex education to advocating for reproductive rights. That’s why it’s never been more important to show that Planned Parenthood provides vital services for Illinoisans. 

Your voice matters and sharing your story can help show everyone what we are fighting so hard to protect. Tell us why Planned Parenthood matters to you.

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