Alderman Tunney is, always has been, and always will be 100% pro-choice. He is proud to be supported by pro-choice champions such as Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, State Senator Heather Steans, State Representatives Ann Williams, State Representative Sara Feigenholtz, and State Representative Kelly Cassidy.
The vote for Presence Health supported improving long-term primary care as well as cancer treatment at four clinics across the south and west sides of Chicago. Approximately 13,500 patients will be served at the Presence Saint Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center which cares for more Medicaid patients than any other hospital in Illinois. This facility serves the Austin neighborhood, the community from which this hospital receives a large percentage of its oncology patients and has the city’s highest number of cumulative deaths from cancer.
This vote also supported approximately 1,000 more patients at the Avondale Neighborhood Facility who will now receive primary care, behavioral health, wellness and social service professionals all collaborating on-site to provide comprehensive care tailored to the needs of at-risk patients. Meanwhile, this vote led to the rehabilitation of the Belmont-Cragin Neighborhood Facility that treats approximately 4,000 Medicaid patients -- serving more Medicaid patients than any other Presence Medical Group facility. It also supported the rehab for a well-established south side Calumet Heights UNITE HERE Neighborhood Facility which will provide enhanced care to approximately 4,200 area residents including UNITE HERE Local 1 union workers.
This vote had nothing to do with abortion because access to women’s health care services were not diminished, in fact overall health care access for women improved. This vote consolidated 200 jobs in downtown Chicago and leveraged that relocation to improve medical services to nearly 22,000 low-income people in our communities. If the Presence Health vote is an abortion-related vote, then any vote -- such as the budget vote that provides funding to Catholic hospitals for health care to low-income individuals -- could be construed as abortion-related.
Alderman Tunney’s support for women, women’s health, and reproductive freedom include:
Supported efforts of State Rep Feigenholtz and others on HB40 – ensuring access to abortions in Illinois
Tunney was co-sponsor of Alderman Vi Daley’s “Bubble Zone” ordinance in 2009 and the Acting Chair of the Committee on Human Relations that advanced the ordinance
Fought to preserve the Lakeview Chicago Department of Public Health Clinic which is an STI specialty clinic serving many women
Worked with our two local hospitals to build new facilities to expand health care options for the entire North side
Supported the expansion of Howard Brown clinics in Lakeview and their women’s health programs
Hosted annual health fairs with a focus on seniors and aging. This year’s fair is also a drive for Medicare sign-ups. Mammograms have been offered at many events
Supported the Thresholds Mother’s program which program gives young and at-risk mothers the tools to be good mothers for the long-term
Supported the House of Good Shepherd domestic violence with toys and food for events
Hosted numerous women’s health groups at Ann Sather Restaurants over the years