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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Time to End Hyde

Jul 29, 2015
Speeches

WASHINGTON --  Today, 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.

Below is a video and transcript of the speech. 

Mr. Speaker,
 
For the past 40 years, anti-choice politicians have convinced Congress to maintain Hyde amendment language while pushing for restricting access even further.

For four decades, the Hyde amendment has denied too many women their constitutional right to choose by prohibiting the use of federal funds to pay for abortion services.

The fact that this restriction discriminates against women with limited resources at the very time in which they need the support the most is unconscionable.
   
We’ve had enough of letting the majority restrict access to abortion services when the majority of Americans support a woman’s right to choose.

It is time to change course.
 
The EACH Woman Act ensures health coverage of these services for every woman, no matter how much she earns, how she is insured, or where she lives. 
 
I urge my colleagues to be bold, end Hyde, and support the EACH Woman Act.

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