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Quigley Visits Planned Parenthood’s Wicker Park Center, Discusses Health Care Services Available to Chicago Families

Feb 23, 2018
Press Release

CHICAGO – Yesterday, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as a member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, visited Planned Parenthood’s Wicker Park health center to meet with employees, discuss available services, and learn more about the expansion of Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL), which just opened a new health center in Flossmoor.

“In the face of the Trump Administration’s continual threats to drastically reduce access to quality care, the ability to obtain reliable resources and support is paramount,” said Rep. Quigley. “Regardless of an individual’s immigration status, age, gender identity, or even ability to pay, Planned Parenthood of Illinois is playing a critical role in educating, empowering, and treating more than 65,000 patients across the state. I thank PPIL’s dedicated staff for their work to put patients first, defend reproductive rights, and fight for affordable health care coverage for all.”

Twenty percent of all PPIL patients come from Illinois’ Fifth District, and 23% of all PPIL staff live in IL-05.

“We are so grateful for Rep. Quigley’s leadership in Congress on issues that are important to Planned Parenthood and the communities we serve,” said Jennifer Welch, Planned Parenthood of Illinois President and CEO.

“Rep. Quigley understands that when it comes to information and care, the decisions are best left to the patient and the healthcare provider, not politicians.”
As a Member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, Rep. Quigley is an ardent supporter of every woman’s right to choose, as well as their access to quality, affordable health care. In order to address recent attacks on reproductive services, Rep. Quigley helped introduce the Women’s Health Protection Act, pushed for passage of the EACH Woman Act, and joined his colleagues in calling for an end to the Hyde Amendment that prevents federal funding for abortion. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, he has also pushed for increased funding for the Title X program and Planned Parenthood and recently spoke out against H.R. 3354, an appropriations bill that will cut women’s health care programs. Learn more about his work on the issue here.