Statement by Terry Cosgrove, President & CEO of Personal PAC

Congressional Tax Plan Set To Destroy Access to Legal Abortion & Birth Control

December 5, 2017

This language in the tax bill is an attack on the right to privacy in seeking a legal abortion, but also calls into question the legality of the most commonly used forms of prescription contraception such as the IUD and the birth control pill that is used by over 90% of American women in their lifetime.

This tax bill is a direct attack on Roe v. Wade by right-wing extremists who are fully committed to making abortion and most forms of birth control illegal in the U.S. It is important that the voting public in Illinois understand what is taking place under the guise of a tax reform.

If the right-wingers are so confident of their agenda, why do they have to sneak it into a tax bill, rather than telling the voters of Illinois the truth that they want to prevent women and their families from making the health care decisions that are best for them, without government interference?

This is nothing more than rank hypocrisy by these right-wingers claiming from the mountain tops that they want government out of our lives from one side of their mouths, and then from the other side, trying to put government in charge of the most intimate and profoundly personal decisions a person can make.

This bill is part of national right-wing campaign to overturn Roe v. Wade and end access to birth control that is accompanied by an unprecedented number of the most right-wing and hostile justices appointed to the federal courts with more vacancies looming at the U.S. Supreme Court.  The future of reproductive choices in the U.S. and Illinois is very dim unless voters pay attention now.