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Dear Friend,

Once again, our country, and now our state, has made national headlines regarding the horrific mass shooting in Highland Park that has killed seven, injured dozens and greatly affected countless witnesses heartbroken by this recent carnage.  As we learn more about this tragedy, I encourage everyone to check in with their mental health, as this is not normal. Check out this list of resources on my website to help navigate trauma in the wake of these ever-so frequent acts of violence.

Additionally, we must acknowledge the gun violence that occurs so often in our own communities in Chicago. This year, the General Assembly invested $1 billion in violence prevention strategies across the state that get at the root causes of violence and focus on youth development and employment, street outreach intervention, domestic violence and victim services, case management for returning residents, and mental and behavioral health interventions. From a new 9-8-8 mental health hotline to behavioral health workforce training grants, we are working to address underlying causes of violence across the state. You can check out my recent interview explaining more on WGN’s Adelante Chicago. 

Finally, I want to acknowledge how important to me it is to hear from community members. As legislators and stakeholders begin to come together to explore ways to further protect reproductive health and prevent violence in our communities, I encourage you to get involved through the 20th District Policy Roundtables that meet year round to co-create a legislative agenda rooted in our district needs and reality. Learn more and fill out an interest form to get involved here

Read on to learn more about recent grant opportunities, jobs, upcoming events and more.

As always, feel free reach out to my office for assistance by calling 773-278-2020, sending a text message to 773-207-7838, or sending us a note at www.senatorpacionezayas.com/contact-us.

Sincerely,

State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas | 20th District

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Dear neighbor,

As you most likely have seen, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling Friday overturning Roe v. Wade. The decision by the nation’s top court will now leave access to reproductive health care up to individual states – taking away millions of person’s right to choose. I believe this is an unfettered infringement on women and I am disappointed in the court’s decision.

Thanks to precautionary work by the General Assembly, reproductive health care remains available to people in Illinois. Our state has some of the most extensive reproductive health laws in the country. It is among 16 states that have laws on the books protecting abortion rights regardless of whether Roe v. Wade remains in effect.

In 2017, the General Assembly passed a law to expand access to reproductive health care. The law repealed “trigger” provisions in the Illinois Abortion Law, confirming that abortion will remain legal in Illinois even if the U.S. Supreme Court rolls back Roe v. Wade.

In 2019, the General Assembly passed the Reproductive Health Act. RHA reinforces each person’s fundamental right to make individual decisions about their own reproductive health – which includes deciding whether to give birth, access contraceptives, or have an abortion if pregnant.

To deny access to our rights is to deny access to our humanity - and that is something no overreaching court can take from us. Now is the time to unite around that common inalienable humanity to recognize that, while Illinois will remain a haven for your rights, some won’t stop until they obliterate our state’s rights to defend a pregnant person’s liberty. You can read my full statement on the decision here.

As always, feel free reach out to my office for assistance by calling 773-278-2020, sending a text message to 773-207-7838, or sending us a note at www.senatorpacionezayas.com/contact-us.

Sincerely,

State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas | 20th District

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Estimado vecino,

Como probablemente han visto, la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos emitió una decisión el viernes derogando Roe v. Wade. Esta decisión por la corte máxima ahora dejará el acceso a cuido de salud reproductiva en las manos de los Estados individuales - quitándole el derecho a escoger a millones de personas. Yo creo que esto es una infracción desmesurada hacia las personas y estoy decepcionada ante la decisión de la Corte. 

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CHICAGO – State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago) is disheartened and emboldened by the news of the overturning of landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, effectively stripping reproductive rights from millions of women and pregnant people across the nation. She released the following statement:

“No amount of time could fully prepare us for the devastation of this decision from the highest court in our nation. No words can express the amount of suffering and grief this decision will cause. Abortion saves lives—and yet the court’s decision refuses to recognize the right to bodily autonomy we should all fundamentally have.

“Days like these shake the foundations of our nation to the core, and we must not shy away from saying so. If we are to keep our state and our country, we must hold fast amidst reactionary backlash to the decades of progress in reproductive rights. We must hold fast to the truth that women and pregnant people across this country have a right to their own body. They had that right yesterday and they have that right today. Illinois recognizes that. Other states may deny access to our rights, but we have enough wisdom to know they are inalienable. The Illinois Constitution that I swore an oath to support enshrines in its first Article that: “All men are by nature free and independent and have certain inherent and inalienable rights among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” I will continue to defend that.

“To deny access to our rights is to deny access to our humanity - and that is something no overreaching court can take from us. Now is the time to unite around that common inalienable humanity to recognize that, while Illinois will remain a haven for your rights, some won’t stop until they obliterate our state’s rights to defend a pregnant person’s liberty.

“When I think about the effects of this decision, I think of the people in Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma and the 23 other states that have introduced hostile legislation limiting abortion and reproductive health care. I think of a pregnant person who may not be able to receive lifesaving care due to a doctor’s fear of providing an abortion. I think of the people who know they cannot afford to raise a child in these times of inflation and a baby formula shortage, in a country with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, no requirement for paid leave following birth, and a health care system that lacks in equity and support especially for Black and Latine individuals.

“While I am so grateful to live in and represent a state that protects our reproductive rights, I know it’s a privilege. To women and other people across the country seeking an abortion, I want to say that you are welcome in Illinois. We will fight for you.  We support you, we will uplift you, and we will keep you safe.”

More information on resources and reproductive rights in Illinois can be found here

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