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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

Jul 24, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Mike Quigley gave the following speech on the floor of the House on July 24, 2009 on the issue of expanding Health Care for women.
Jul 24, 2009 Press Release
CHICAGO - This morning, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) spoke out strongly against an amendment that would disqualify Planned Parenthood from receiving critical funding to provide primary care health services such as breast exams, family planning, and screening for high blood pressure, cancer, STDs, and HIV.
Jun 10, 2009 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) issued the following statement in support of H. Res 505, condemning the murder of Dr. George Tiller, who was killed in his Wichita church on May 31, 2009.

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