Illinois anticipates up to 30K more patients following abortion ruling; volunteers help those traveling out of state
ILLINOIS (CBS 58) -- The Supreme Court's decision striking down Roe v. Wade could create a new wave of pregnant Wisconsinites traveling to Illinois, where abortion is more widely available.
The Midwest Access Coalition, known as MAC, helps fund everything from travel to child care for women who need those resources to get the procedure.
CBS News caught up with one volunteer from the Chicago area named Laurie.
She says she drives women who need a ride to get an abortion, both locally and from out of state.
"They stay with me, it reinforces my commitment to keep on doing this as long as necessary which is looking like it's gonna be a while," said Laurie.
For some volunteers like Laurie, their passion is personal.
She had an abortion in her 30s before she was ready for a family.
Now, with Roe overturned, Planned Parenthood estimates that up to 30,000 additional patients could travel into Illinois for abortions over the next year.