To the Editor:
I couldn’t disagree more with the sentiments expressed in “Letter: Stop Tax Payer Funded Abortion” (March 20, 2017). As a resident of Illinois, I am so proud state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz and her colleagues and supporters are working to build a future where insurance coverage for necessary health care isn’t denied just because someone doesn’t make enough money. I talk to women every day from across the state who are suffering because they can’t afford the care they need.
However we may personally feel about abortion, no one should have that personal decision taken away by politicians who deny insurance coverage – which is exactly what the Hyde Amendment does to low-income families.
This is about more than politics, the stakes for a woman whose decision is denied by Hyde are high: a woman who wants to get an abortion but is denied is more likely to fall into poverty than one who can get an abortion.
This legislation simply affirms something that women in Illinois already know: The legal right to an abortion is legal fiction if a woman can’t access and afford the care. Whatever happens in the future – the right to abortion should be real for those in our state who already face too many barriers to care. I call that admirable and am grateful for our champions of health and women’s ability to make our own decisions.
Executive director, Chicago Abortion Fund