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Planned Parenthood Illinois Action Congratulates Bruce Rauner on Election Win
Chicago (11/5/14) — Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA), the non-partisan political and advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood in Illinois, congratulates Bruce Rauner for winning the race for Governor of Illinois.
“During his candidacy, Bruce Rauner repeatedly said he was pro-choice. He also said he supports employer-based insurance coverage for birth control,” said Carole Brite, President and CEO of PPIA. “We welcome the opportunity to work with Governor-elect Rauner to ensure that pro-choice policies are supported during his term.”
In order to reduce unintended pregnancies and keep women healthy, all women must have access to a broad range of women’s healthcare services including life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, prevention and treatment of STDs, breast health services, Pap tests, sexual health education, information and counseling.
“We hope that Bruce Rauner will strengthen the Illinois Medicaid and Illinois Family Planning Programs to make sure that low-income women have access to quality, comprehensive reproductive healthcare. We urge Mr. Rauner to appoint leaders to state agencies who understand how important these programs are to Illinois women and their families,” added Brite. “And, we look forward to working with him to explore ways of ensuring that Illinois women who lack adequate employer-based health insurance have access to affordable birth control.”
In addition to access to reproductive health services, PPIA supports the implementation of a new sexual health education law which requires instruction in public schools to be medically accurate, age-appropriate, evidence-based, and complete.
“Illinois youth need to have accurate and comprehensive information, including birth control information, in order to stay safe and healthy,” commented Brite. “We know Bruce Rauner expressed interest in the education of Illinois youth and we urge him to support the implementation of quality, complete sexual health education in all of Illinois’ public schools.”
Planned Parenthood Illinois Action is committed to working with Governor-elect Rauner on implementing these policies, protecting women’s healthcare in Illinois, and making sure all women throughout the state have equal access to vital reproductive healthcare services.
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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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