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Friday, July 24, 2009

Quigley Speaks Out Against Anti-Choice Amendment

Illinois Congressman Mike Quigley spoke out today against the anti-choice amendment to the FY 2010 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 3293) offered by Rep. Mike Pence (R, IN-06), which seeks to restrict Title X funds from being made available to Planned Parenthood health centers.

Kudos to Congressman Quigley for standing up for women and their families! Watch him on YouTube HERE!

Quigley understands that The Title X program provides crucial comprehensive family planning services as well as a wide range of other preventive health care. Voters strongly favor legislation that will increase access to family planning services, particularly for low-income women. This amendment will decrease access to services for low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals – by restricting access to their most trusted provider.

· 76% of all voters (and 79% of voters who are conflicted about abortion) strongly agree that we should do everything we can to try to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies in America through common-sense measures such as access to contraception.

· 75% of all voters (and 82% of voters who are conflicted about abortion) strongly agree that Congress should protect the right of individuals to get contraception without government interference or intrusion.

Title X is America’s Family Planning Program

The Title X program provides comprehensive family planning services as well as a wide range of other preventive health care, including:

o breast exams and instruction on breast self-examination
o Pap tests for early detection of cervical cancer or precancerous conditions
o testing for high blood pressure
o screening and appropriate treatment for sexually transmitted infections
o HIV screening
o counseling on adoption, foster care, and pregnancy termination
o referrals to specialized health care

Pursuant to Federal Statute, no Title X funds are spent on abortions.

Check out the video of Congressman Quigley by clicking here!


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