SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A resolution backed by state Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, D-Glenview, defends women’s reproductive rights by calling on the federal government to restore funding to women’s health clinics.
“The federal government is taking every chance to push their dangerous agenda against the reproductive rights of women across the country,” Gong-Gershowitz said. “This latest move will ratchet up the costs of healthcare for women, making it difficult or even impossible for some women to afford critical medical screenings and procedures. We can’t stay quiet while the federal government places constraints on doctors, limits accessibility to women’s health clinics and restricts funding for reproductive services.”
Gong-Gershowitz is supporting House Resolution 204, which urges the federal government to get rid of a new rule from the Department of Health and Human Services that strips federal funding from health clinics that provide reproductive health services. The rule also prevents doctors from referring patients to other providers who may provide the services.
“It is a fundamental right for a woman to make health care decisions about her own body,” Gong-Gershowitz said. “Putting financial hurdles in front of women is wrong and it has to end.”