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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Choice

Put simply, women have the right to make their own private health decisions. The landmark decision, Roe v. Wade, established that a woman’s constitutional right to privacy extends to her right to choose. While abortion remains legal, in the years since Roe v. Wade, opponents of choice have attempted to chip away at this right at the federal, state, and local levels. I am honored to fight on behalf of the women I represent so that abortion and family planning services are not only legal, but safe and accessible.

As a member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, I was proud to stand alongside advocates for choice as the Supreme Court heard arguments in 2016’s Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedtarguably the most important abortion case in decades.  In recent years, we have seen a sharp increase in attacks on abortion and reproductive services, which is why I have been proud to help introduce the Women’s Health Protection Act, to push for passage of the EACH Woman Act, and to join my colleagues in calling for an end to the Hyde Amendment that prevents federal funding for abortion. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have also pushed for increased funding for the Title X program and Planned Parenthood, and defended the United Nations Population Fund from harmful and misguided funding cuts. 

In the face of the Trump Administration, it is even more imperative that a woman’s healthcare decisions remain between her and her doctor. Women must be free from government interference to make these choices about what is best for their health and their families. Choice is not solely a “women’s issue”. It’s a civil rights issue and an American issue. And as your representative in Washington, I will always stand up for women’s reproductive rights.

 
Rep. Quigley spoke out against anti-abortion bill H.R. 7, which was intorduced three days after millions of women joined around the world in support of reproductive rights.
 

Rep. Quigley spoke to his colleagues in support of women's reproductive rights in the midst of the Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt Supreme Court case.

Rep. Quigley wrote an op-ed in the Huffington Post celebrating the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the access it has provided for women’s health.

Rep. Quigley urged his colleagues on the House floor to end the Hyde Amendment and to support the EACH Woman Act, which ensures health coverage of abortion services for every woman, no matter how much she earns, how she is insured, or where she lives.

 

More on Choice

Aug 26, 2016 Editorials
Today, August 26, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day - a day to commemorate the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. As the father of two daughters, the ongoing struggle for women’s equality is very personal for me. That’s why it has been an honor during my time in Congress to support women’s rights by advocating for reproductive rights, equal pay, access to paid maternity leave and quality child care.
Jun 9, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, fought against efforts to restrict the right to choose for women living in the District of Columbia during the Appropriation Committee’s consideration of the Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations Bill.
Feb 25, 2016 Speeches
U.S. Representative Quigley spoke on the House floor in support of women's reproductive rights in the midst of the Supreme Court's impending case, Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt.
Jan 22, 2016 Editorials
Today, the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade turns forty-three years old. For forty-three years, the Supreme Court has upheld their decision that a woman's constitutional right to privacy also protects her right to make personal health care decisions about abortion. And, for forty-three years, women have had the constitutional right to access abortion services without government interference. After the unprecedented attacks this past year on Planned Parenthood and reproductive health broadly, it is perhaps more important than ever to wish Roe a resounding happy birthday.
Jul 29, 2015 Speeches
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) urged his colleagues on the House floor to end the Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of federal funds to pay for an abortion, and to support the EACH Woman Act, which ensures health coverage of abortion services for every woman, no matter how much she earns, how she is insured, or where she lives.

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