Chicago, IL — On Nov. 2, 2011, the Catholic Conference of Illinois released a statement to the press attacking Personal PAC, Governor Quinn and the reproductive rights of all Illinois women. The Bishops' objection stems from our support of Governor Quinn and all other candidates who stand on the side of women in believing that the profoundly personal decision to use birth control and seek a legal abortion should rest with women, and not politicians. The Bishops take issue with Governor Quinn attending our Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, November 17th. Terry Cosgrove, President & CEO of Personal PAC said, "The Governor is saying a few kind words about a woman who has been raped and had the courage to tell her story. The Catholic Bishops attacking him for that and accusing women of killing their children is a new low in public discourse, even for them."
In their statement about our luncheon, the Bishops state "With this action, Governor Quinn has gone beyond a political alignment with those supporting the legal right to kill children in their mother's wombs to rewarding those deemed most successful in this terrible work."
"While I don't expect the Bishops to apologize for this inflammatory and outrageous language accusing women of killing children, I do hope that each of you, and everyone you know, will join us at the luncheon to demonstrate that we fully support elected officials who refuse to back down in the face of threats," Cosgrove continued. The absolute best response we can have for the Bishops is to pack the Hilton Ballroom on November 17th and show them that we intend to protect the reproductive rights of EVERY woman in the State of Illinois.
Ticket prices for the event start at $150 and can be reserved by calling 312-422-0005, or by visiting www.personalpac.org . Personal PAC is expecting more than 1,000 supporters to attend, including over 100 elected officials and candidates from across the state.