“In 1973, the Supreme Court made the decision that women had the right to abortion in the Roe v. Wade case. My wife said to me that we should provide abortions in this area because it’s rural and conservative, and our people would otherwise have to go a great distance to receive this service. I acquiesced, but said it would only be a flash in the pan and that within two to three years every community would have a provider. How wrong I was.
“Today there are only five centers in downstate Illinois providing abortion services. I understand that there is always going to be a segment that doesn’t believe in abortion, and I support their right to their own beliefs. I do ask in return, however, that they respect our decisions and our viewpoints.”
—James E. Coeur, MD