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Daywatch: Roe is history. Are same-sex marriage and contraception rights in danger?

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Illinois’ role as a haven of abortion care in the Midwest was magnified Friday when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a watershed decision that reverses nearly a half-century of federally protected reproductive freedoms. Illinois remains an oasis for those seeking the procedure, as abortion providers in many surrounding states prepare to shut down.

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker called for lawmakers to return to Springfield to strengthen the state’s already formidable abortion rights laws, while candidates and activists across the political spectrum prepared for the issue to become central in campaigns this fall.

Some legal experts in the Chicago area say the Supreme Court’s legal reasoning in overturning Roe v. Wade indicates it is willing to revisit landmark cases that legalized contraception, consensual sex between adults and same-sex marriage.

Finally, the Tribune’s Angie Leventis Lourgos spoke with eight women about how abortion profoundly shaped their lives and work. Here are their stories.

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In the final weekend before Tuesday’s primary election, the disparity in campaigning between Republicans running for governor and the Democratic incumbent they hope to replace foreshadows a fall general election campaign in which culture wars will likely take center stage.

On Sunday, first-term Gov. J.B. Pritzker and other Democrats seeking statewide office joined in the celebration of Chicago’s Pride Parade and took the opportunity to warn that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling overturning national abortion protections could extend to eliminating other rights.

Nearly 250 miles to the southwest in Quincy, state Sen. Darren Bailey of Xenia celebrated Saturday’s endorsement for the GOP nomination for governor from former President Donald Trump by saying he planned to visit a nearby church.

Daywatch: Roe is history. Are same-sex marriage and contraception rights in danger?

When freshman U.S. Rep. Mary Miller took to a county fair stage Saturday night to thank former President Donald Trump for appointing conservative justices who led the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, she called it a “historic victory for white life.”

Miller, who has Trump’s endorsement in challenging five-term Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis in Tuesday’s primary, did not elaborate on the “white life” comment she made onstage. Later, a campaign aide said she meant to say “right to life,” but misspoke. Miller’s quote, with its racist overtones, was delivered on a national stage amid a time of deep political divisions exacerbated by the high court’s abortion ruling.

Daywatch: Roe is history. Are same-sex marriage and contraception rights in danger?

Billionaire Ken Griffin’s decision to move his Citadel hedge fund to Florida, only days before a Tuesday Republican primary he’s heavily invested in, could become a major turning point in the future of the Illinois GOP, and especially the fate of Republican campaigns and fundraising.

Griffin’s departure from Chicago also could radically shift the balance in the battle of the billionaires that’s been waged between himself and his political nemesis, Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, as each has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to affect the outcome of elections.

Daywatch: Roe is history. Are same-sex marriage and contraception rights in danger?

With rainbow flags adorning the streets around Montrose Avenue and Broadway and rainbow-clad people staking claims to sidewalk spots near colorful floats, it became official: The annual Chicago Pride Parade was back. Hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets, with many of their signs, T-shirts and chants pointing to ongoing political tensions in the country over reproductive rights and LGBTQ+ rights.

For Sidney Bogue, this year’s Pride served as a respite from the weekend’s political developments. “It just feels so good and meaningful and hopeful to be with all of this love and support right now, especially after the decision on Friday, which has been a dark cloud.”

Daywatch: Roe is history. Are same-sex marriage and contraception rights in danger?

As satisfying as Sunday’s comeback win over the first-place Cardinals was for the Cubs as they near the end of a disastrous June, the players all know what’s coming next — nonstop speculation about where they might wind up before the Aug. 2 trade deadline.

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