Chicago (July 8, 2014) — In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision granting employers the power to deny women’ reproductive healths benefits to their employees, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action announced its solid support today for Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s re-election campaign, emphasizing the importance of the Attorney General’s role in protecting reproductive freedom and healthcare for women. “In light of the recent ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, it is even more important that Illinoisans vote for a candidate who will stand up for a woman’s right to access birth control, which is basic healthcare for women. That candidate is Lisa Madigan,” said Carole Brite, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action.
In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Attorney General Madigan filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that for-profit corporations cannot force their religious beliefs onto their employees and refuse to cover reproductive health insurance to its employees.
“Planned Parenthood Illinois Action is endorsing Lisa Madigan because she believes that personal healthcare decisions should be left to a woman, her family, and her faith, with the counsel of her doctor or healthcare professional,” said Brite. “Lisa knows that women don’t turn to politicians or their bosses for advice about mammograms, prenatal care, or birth control. Politicians and bosses should not be involved in a woman’s personal medical decisions.”
“Banning access to contraceptives and reproductive healthcare is bad for the women of Illinois and bad for their families,” said Pamela Sutherland, Vice President of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action. “We need to re-elect Lisa Madigan because she is key to protecting our rights. Unlike her opponent, she knows the Supreme Court got it wrong in Hobby Lobby and she believes Roe v. Wade should be protected, not overturned.”
Lisa Madigan is seeking re-election as Attorney General in November so that she can continue advocating for and protecting the people of Illinois, including women and their rights to reproductive healthcare. “I am proud to have Planned Parenthood’s endorsement, and I applaud its longstanding work to ensure all women have access to reproductive healthcare,” said Lisa Madigan.
Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA) is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL). For more information, visit www.ppiaction.org.
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