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2010 Elections : NOW PACs Profile

Julie Hamos (D-Ill., 10th Congressional District)

When announcing NOW/PAC's endorsement of Julie Hamos for Congress in Illinois' 10th Congressional District, Terry O'Neill, NOW/PAC Chair said, "We support Julie Hamos because she has spent her entire career fighting for fairness and equality. We know she will be a strong voice for women's health, reproductive freedom, workplace equality, and ending violence against women."

Julie Hamos's record on women's issues spans more than three decades, and has influenced countless pieces of legislation and women across the country. In the 1970s, she wrote the first laws to protect domestic violence victims in the state of Illinois. She later founded the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence and secured state funding for shelters and programs to protect battered women.

As a legislator, Hamos supported every piece of legislation affecting reproductive rights in the Illinois General Assembly during the last 11 years. Hamos took on the insurance companies and demanded that prescription drug coverage include birth control. She continues to fight for health care reform that reduces premiums for women and eliminates domestic violence, pregnancy, and Cesarean sections as pre-existing conditions.

A staunch advocate for rape victims, Hamos acted as chief sponsor of a bill that prevents a woman's sexual history and reputation from being admissible in court, ensuring fair trials and justice for women.

Hamos is committed to equal rights and marriage equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. In 2009, she co-sponsored legislation legalizing civil-unions in Illinois and outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation.

"I am very grateful for the support of NOW, one of the strongest women's advocacy organizations in the country," said Julie Hamos.

"We only need to look at the Stupak amendment in the House health care bill to see that women's rights are still being challenged. As the next Congresswoman for the 10th District, I'll be a strong voice for reproductive choice, equality in healthcare, and real solutions to the cycle of domestic violence that affects women nationwide," said Hamos.

More information about Hamos's record of accomplishment on women's issues can be found at campaign website.


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