Chicago NOW’s Statement about Health Care Reform

The health care reform bill has the potential to have a monumental impact on our nation’s health and healthcare. The bill will expand health care coverage to many of our nations neediest and hardest working people. Though the health care reform bill has many positive aspects, one cannot ignore that there is still work to be done to ensure reproductive freedom for all women. Despite the fact that the Stupak-Pitts Amendment was not accepted as written by the House of Representative, the Nelson Amendment drafted by the Senate extends the Hyde Amendment to ensure that no federal funds are used to pay for abortion in the health care bill. Women who need access to abortion the most will find the clinic doors closed to their needs. While the Chicago Chapter of the National Organization for Women supports and celebrates the passage of health care reform, we commit to reopening the clinic doors and reproductive choices for all women in the United States. We look to you, our members and supporters, to join us in this endeavor. Please write to your congress members and tell them that the time for reproductive freedom is NOW.

Representatives who voted YES on health care reform

* Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ)
* Rep. Ed Pastor (D-AZ)
* Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ)
* Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-AZ)
* Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)
* Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR)
* Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
* Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA)
* Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)
* Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA)
* Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA)
* Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-CA)
* Rep. Diane Watson (D-CA)
* Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA)
* Rep. George Miller (D-CA)
* Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA)
* Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA)
* Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA)
* Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)
* Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA)
* Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA)
* Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA)
* Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA)
* Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA)
* Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA)
* Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
* Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA)
* Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA)
* Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)
* Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
* Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)
* Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
* Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA)
* Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA)
* Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
* Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA)
* Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA)
* Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA)
* Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA)
* Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
* Rep. Betsy Markey (D-CO)
* Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO)
* Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO)
* Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO)
* Rep. John Salazar (D-CO)
* Rep. Christopher Murphy (D-CT)
* Rep. James Himes (D-CT)
* Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT)
* Rep. John Larson (D-CT)
* Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
* Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL)
* Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
* Rep. Allen Boyd (D-FL)
* Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL)
* Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
* Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL)
* Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL)
* Rep. Ron Klein (D-FL)
* Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL)
* Rep. David Scott (D-GA)
* Rep. Henry Johnson (D-GA)
* Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)
* Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA)
* Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
* Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL)
* Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL)
* Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL)
* Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-IL)
* Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
* Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL)
* Rep. Jesse Jackson (D-IL)
* Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)
* Rep. Melissa Bean (D-IL)
* Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL)
* Rep. Phil Hare (D-IL)
* Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN)
* Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN)
* Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN)
* Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
* Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN)
* Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA)
* Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA)
* Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA)
* Rep. Dennis Moore (D-KS)
* Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY)
* Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME)
* Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME)
* Rep. C.A. Ruppersberger (D-MD)
* Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
* Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)
* Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD)
* Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD)
* Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
* Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)
* Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA)
* Rep. James McGovern (D-MA)
* Rep. John Olver (D-MA)
* Rep. John Tierney (D-MA)
* Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA)
* Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA)
* Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA)
* Rep. William Delahunt (D-MA)
* Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI)
* Rep. Dale Kildee (D-MI)
* Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI)
* Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)
* Rep. John Dingell (D-MI)
* Rep. Mark Schauer (D-MI)
* Rep. Sandy Levin (D-MI)
* Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN)
* Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN)
* Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN)
* Rep. Timothy Walz (D-MN)
* Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS)
* Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO)
* Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO)
* Rep. William Clay (D-MO)
* Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV)
* Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV)
* Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH)
* Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH)
* Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ)
* Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ)
* Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ)
* Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ)
* Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ)
* Rep. Steve Rothman (D-NJ)
* Rep. William Pascrell (D-NJ)
* Rep. Ben Lujan (D-NM)
* Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
* Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY)
* Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY)
* Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY)
* Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
* Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY)
* Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)
* Rep. Dan Maffei (D-NY)
* Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY)
* Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)
* Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY)
* Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY)
* Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
* Rep. John Hall (D-NY)
* Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY)
* Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY)
* Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
* Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)
* Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY)
* Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)
* Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY)
* Rep. Scott Murphy (D-NY)
* Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY)
* Rep. Timothy Bishop (D-NY)
* Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)
* Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-NC)
* Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC)
* Rep. David Price (D-NC)
* Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC)
* Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC)
* Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND)
* Rep. John Boccieri (D-OH)
* Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH)
* Rep. Charles Wilson (D-OH)
* Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)
* Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH)
* Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH)
* Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH)
* Rep. David Wu (D-OR)
* Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
* Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR)
* Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
* Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA)
* Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA)
* Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA)
* Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA)
* Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA)
* Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA)
* Rep. James Langevin (D-RI)
* Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI)
* Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC)
* Rep. John Spratt (D-SC)
* Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN)
* Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN)
* Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN)
* Rep. Al Green (D-TX)
* Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-TX)
* Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX)
* Rep. Eddie Johnson (D-TX)
* Rep. Gene Green (D-TX)
* Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX)
* Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
* Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX)
* Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
* Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-TX)
* Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX)
* Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT)
* Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA)
* Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA)
* Rep. Robert Scott (D-VA)
* Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA)
* Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA)
* Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA)
* Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA)
* Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA)
* Rep. Norman Dicks (D-WA)
* Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA)
* Rep. Dave Obey (D-WI)
* Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI)
* Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI)
* Rep. Steven Kagen (D-WI)
* Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

Representatives who voted NO on health care reform

* Rep. Artur Davis (D- AL)
* Rep. Bobby Bright (D-AL)
* Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL)
* Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL)
* Rep. Parker Griffith (R-AL)
* Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL)
* Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL)
* Rep. Don Young (R-AK)
* Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
* Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ)
* Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ)
* Rep. John Boozman (R-AR)
* Rep. Marion Berry (D-AR)
* Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR)
* Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA)
* Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA)
* Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)
* Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)
* Rep. David Dreier (R-CA)
* Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)
* Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)
* Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)
* Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA)
* Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA)
* Rep. George Radanovich (R-CA)
* Rep. Howard McKeon (R-CA)
* Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
* Rep. John Campbell (R-CA)
* Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
* Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
* Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA)
* Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA)
* Rep. Wally Herger (R-CA)
* Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO)
* Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO)
* Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE)
* Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL)
* Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL)
* Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL)
* Rep. C.W. Young (R-FL)
* Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL)
* Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL)
* Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL)
* Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)
* Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
* Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL)
* Rep. John Mica (R-FL)
* Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
* Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
* Rep. Thomas Rooney (R-FL)
* Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
* Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA)
* Rep. Jim Marshall (D-GA)
* Rep. John Barrow (D-GA)
* Rep. John Linder (R-GA)
* Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA)
* Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA)
* Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA)
* Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA)
* Rep. Thomas Price (R-GA)
* Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID)
* Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL)
* Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL)
* Rep. Don Manzullo (R-IL)
* Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL)
* Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL)
* Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL)
* Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)
* Rep. Timothy Johnson (R-IL)
* Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN)
* Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN)
* Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN)
* Rep. Steve Buyer (R-IN)
* Rep. Steve King (R-IA)
* Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA)
* Rep. Jerry Moran (R-KS)
* Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)
* Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS)
* Rep. Ben Chandler (D-KY)
* Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY)
* Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY)
* Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY)
* Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY)
* Rep. Anh Cao (R-LA)
* Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA)
* Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-LA)
* Rep. John Fleming (R-LA)
* Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA)
* Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)
* Rep. William Cassidy (R-LA)
* Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD)
* Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA)
* Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI)
* Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI)
* Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
* Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI)
* Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI)
* Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI)
* Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-MI)
* Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN)
* Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN)
* Rep. John Kline (R-MN)
* Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
* Rep. Gene Taylor (D-MS)
* Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS)
* Rep. Travis Childers (D-MS)
* Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO)
* Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO)
* Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO)
* Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO)
* Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO)
* Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO)
* Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT)
* Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE)
* Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)
* Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE)
* Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV)
* Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
* Rep. E. Scott Garrett (R-NJ)
* Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)
* Rep. John Adler (D-NJ)
* Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ)
* Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)
* Rep. Chris Lee (R-NY)
* Rep. Michael Arcuri (D-NY)
* Rep. Mike McMahon (D-NY)
* Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
* Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC)
* Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC)
* Rep. Larry Kissell (D-NC)
* Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC)
* Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC)
* Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC)
* Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
* Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC)
* Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH)
* Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH)
* Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)
* Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)
* Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH)
* Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R-OH)
* Rep. Steve Austria (R-OH)
* Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-OH)
* Rep. Zachary Space (D-OH)
* Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK)
* Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK)
* Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK)
* Rep. Mary Fallin (R-OK)
* Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK)
* Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)
* Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA)
* Rep. Charles Dent (R-PA)
* Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA)
* Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA)
* Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA)
* Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA)
* Rep. Tim Holden (D-PA)
* Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA)
* Rep. Todd Platts (R-PA)
* Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC)
* Rep. Henry Brown (R-SC)
* Rep. J. Gresham Barrett (R-SC)
* Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)
* Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD)
* Rep. John Duncan (R-TN)
* Rep. John Tanner (D-TN)
* Rep. Lincoln Davis (D-TN)
* Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
* Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN)
* Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN)
* Rep. Chet Edwards (D-TX)
* Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)
* Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX)
* Rep. John Carter (R-TX)
* Rep. John Culberson (R-TX)
* Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX)
* Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX)
* Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)
* Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)
* Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
* Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX)
* Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX)
* Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)
* Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX)
* Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX)
* Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)
* Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX)
* Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX)
* Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)
* Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX)
* Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX)
* Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)
* Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT)
* Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT)
* Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
* Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)
* Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA)
* Rep. Glenn Nye (D-VA)
* Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-VA)
* Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA)
* Rep. Robert Wittman (R-VA)
* Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
* Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA)
* Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA)
* Rep. Shelley Capito (R-WV)
* Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI)
* Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
* Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI)
* Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)

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Help Pass HB 6205 by Contacting Your State Representative Today!

On March 10th 2010, The Reproductive Health & Access Act (HB 6205) was passed out of the House Human Services Committee.  The next step toward comprehensive reproductive health care for ALL women in Illinois is for the full Illinois House of Representatives to vote.

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Fearing conservative social policies, womens’ groups start offensive against Brady

By Adrian G. Uribarri
March 09, 2010

If state Sen. Bill Brady’s race against Gov. Pat Quinn comes anywhere as close as his campaign against Kirk Dillard, then one thing is for sure: It won’t be womens’ groups that push him over the edge.

Nearly eight months before the general election, advocates for abortion rights and equal-pay legislation have formally begun denouncing Brady, the Republican nominee for governor.

In a press conference this morning, leaders from several progressive organizations in the state portrayed Brady as a religiously motivated and extremely socially conservative candidate, unfit to serve women who want control over their reproductive and financial health.

“I literally shuddered at the notion of him in the governor’s office,” said Beth Kanter of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action. “Illinois women cannot afford Bill Brady in the governor’s office.”

Michelle Staeger, at the Chicago chapter of the National Organization for Women, said his opposition to legislation that requires equal pay for women as for men in similar positions shows he is out of touch with reality.

“He’s simply ignoring the fact that there is still discrimination, based on gender, in the workplace,” Staeger said. She called his voting record in the Illinois General Assembly, where he has served more than 16 years, “troubling” and “alarming, in fact.”

Jaime Elich, Brady’s campaign spokeswoman, did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

Today’s unequivocal statements mark a first wave of resistance to Brady’s campaign outside of Quinn’s own camp. Last week, the governor released a statement in response to Brady’s nomination that clearly targeted his social positions.

“The Republican nominee is from the extreme right wing of the party and far from the mainstream of Illinois voters,” Quinn campaign spokeswoman Mica Matsoff wrote.

She cited his past opposition to the Family Medical Leave Act, equal-pay legislation and raising the minimum wage, as well as his support for legislation that would ban abortions, even for women who were raped or victims of incest.

The womens’ advocates echoed those sentiments today, strongly endorsing Quinn as their ally on those very issues.

Terry Cosgrove, president of the Personal Political Action Committee, pressed reporters to ask Brady what kind of penalties he would impose on women who illegally sought abortions or emergency contraceptives.

He joked that building prisons for them would not be his idea of a jobs plan.

“His extremist agenda has to be rejected by the people of Illinois,” Cosgrove said.

Lynda DeLaforgue, co-chair of Citizen Action Illinois, said Brady ranked second to last in an analysis of state legislators who ranked “poor” in their positions on social issues, as compared to the consumer organization’s progressive agenda.

State Sen. Dave Syverson, the staunch Rockford conservative, was last on the list.

“Sen. Brady has time and again voted against the needs of average Illinois families,” DeLaforgue said. “Consumer issues are womens’ issues.”

Perhaps nothing illustrated that more clearly during today’s event than its setting, the downtown Chicago offices of Environmental Design International Inc.

Deborah Sawyer, head of the firm, said that being a woman — and a minority, in her case — is especially challenging in a nontraditional industry for women such as civil engineering. Among other things, her firm helps construction companies mitigate environmental impacts from their building projects.

“We need a supportive, women-friendly governor to succeed,” Sawyer said.