Quigley Fights for Access to Abortion Services in D.C.
WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05) 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 FY14 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill.
“Having a right and being able to access that right are two very different things. The sad truth is that women with the resources can choose whether or not to grow their families,” said Rep. Quigley. “While women without these resources, many of whom live in the District of Columbia, are left with no choice while they struggle to make ends meet. At the heart of this issue is choice, but it’s not a choice for us to make - it’s a choice for women and their families and a choice for the local elected officials of D.C.”
Rep. Quigley’s amendment would protect the rights of women living in D.C. by clarifying that the federal government could not restrict local D.C. funds from being used for abortion services. Rep. Quigley is serving in his first year on the Appropriations Committee and sits on the Subcommittee for Financial Services and General Government. He fought the D.C. abortion services ban last week during the subcommittee’s consideration of the bill.
For video and full transcript of Rep. Quigley's speech, please click here.
Rep. Quigley is a staunch advocate for comprehensive reproductive health care and an ardent supporter of a woman's right to choose. A member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, he has previously spoken out against efforts to ban abortions after 20 weeks and legislation that would make it harder for victims of rape and incest to receive abortion care. He has also supported requiring employers to cover contraception in basic benefits packages.