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217 Today: Abortion bans are fueling a rise in high-risk patients heading to Chicago hospitals

Dr. Laura Laursen, an OB-GYN at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, on June 26, 2023. Laursen has treated an influx of abortion patients since Roe v Wade overturned and other states restricted access to the care.

July 11, 2023

Today’s headlines:

  • When a severe thunderstorm knocked out power for 60% of Vermilion County two weeks ago, a solar-powered brewery stayed safe.
  • Illinois has set a new record for hotel revenues this fiscal year ending June 30, surpassing pre-pandemic numbers.
  • Illinois Governor JB Pritzker wants Chicago Police Department to hold the officers accountable who allegedly committed sexual misconduct against at least one migrant.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear about how abortion bans are increasing the number of high-risk patients heading to Chicago hospitals.

 217 Today is produced by Stephanie Mosqueda. Reporting contributed by Emily Hays, Mawa Iqbal and Kristen Schorsch.


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