Quigley Fights for Equal Access to Abortion Services in D.C
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative 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 FY15 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations Bill.
Rep. Quigley offered an amendment that would protect the rights of women living in D.C. by clarifying that the federal government could not restrict the District of Columbia from using its own, locally raised funds to provide abortion services for low-income women.
“If you want to control policy in the District of Columbia, you should run for city council,” said Rep. Quigley. “The reality is, by banning public funds for abortion services, we are denying access to legal and constitutionally protected services. Having a right and being able to exercise that right are two very different things. The sad truth is that women with sufficient resources have ample access to family planning services, while women with fewer resources – some of whom live in the District of Colombia – are left with no choice when it comes to how and when to expand their families.”
Rep. Quigley is serving in his second year on the Appropriations Committee and is a member of the FSGG Subcommittee. Last year, he fought the same funding ban for D.C. abortion services during the subcommittee’s consideration of the FY14 bill.
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 also supports requiring employers to cover contraception in basic benefits packages.