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Abortion Access bill wins thanks to Rauner but causes backlash

30 September 2017

He made the announcement about an hour ago at a press conference.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner broke his promise to not sign House Bill 40. Cupich said "it saddens me a lot". The governor took pains to say that he respected the religious and moral arguments against abortion, but that he personally supported abortion rights and that his efforts to broker a compromise on the bill had failed.

NARAL Pro-Choice America applauded Rauner's move Thursday.

On Friday, an IN judge issued a permanent injunction against a law that would have prohibited abortions sought specifically because the fetus had been diagnosed with Down syndrome or other disabilities. State law today prohibits public insurance coverage of abortion care, induced miscarriage, or "induced premature birth", except in limited circumstances.

The bill will ensure access to legal and safe abortions in IL should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn its ruling in Roe v. Wade. Even groups that support legal abortion - including the Guttmacher Institute and the Center for Reproductive Rights - have published analyses showing taxpayer funding for abortion increases abortion rates.

"I'm very disappointed in the Governor's actions", Long said.

But not everyone thinks Rauner has damaged himself politically.

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Authorized by Rep. Sara Feigenholtz [D-Lakeview], the bill was approved by the Illinois House in April on a 62-55 vote, with five Democrats voting no. I share the deep and profound disappointment of mothers, fathers and families across IL who stand for the sanctity of life and the principle of limited government.

"The governor broke a promise", said Robert Gilligan, Executive Director Catholic Conference of IL.

According to WLS-TV, the bill, HB 40, permits state employee health insurance plans to cover elective abortions as well as Medicaid.

Rauner has gone back and forth on the bill.

"House Bill 40's expansion of taxpayer-funded abortions in IL, which already exceeds federal guidelines, moves IL beyond the position of 47 other states by expanding taxpayer funding for purely elective procedures", he said. "But, as I have always said, I believe a woman should have the right to make that choice herself and I do not believe that choice should be determined by income". There will never come a time when Illinoisans, much less all Americans, will agree on whether a woman has the right to choose if she wants to carry a child to term.

For weeks, the governor had been scheduled as the featured speaker at Saturday afternoon's Southwest Suburban Republican Family Picnic in Palos Park, an annual showcase of state GOP candidates.

Abortion Access bill wins thanks to Rauner but causes backlash