Bruce Rauner signed legislation Thursday allowing state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions, ending months of speculation after the Republican reversed his stance on the issue last spring. Asked what the bill signing meant for his chances of a second term, Mr. Rauner said that he was doing what he thought was right and that "politics is politics".
Bruce Rauner signed a bill that would keep abortion legal in IL should the measure be threatened on a federal level. "They are good people motivated by principle", said Rauner.
NARAL Pro-Choice America applauded Rauner's move Thursday.
Rauner's decision makes him the country's first governor to sign off on taxpayer funding of abortions.
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.
The new law expands taxpayer-subsidized abortions for women covered by Medicaid and state employee insurance.
The restrictions were signed into law a year ago by Vice President Mike Pence, then the governor of Indiana. On the one hand, and most widely known, it ends an automatic trigger that would have made abortion illegal if Roe v Wade, the current guiding legal decision for the nation, were ever over-turned by an act of the Supreme Court or Congress.
"This abhorrent bill has nothing to do with protecting women's health and is about nothing more than providing a new income stream for the abortion lobby", said the group Students For Life in a press release on HB 40. Rauner, who is up for re-election in 2018, said earlier this year that he would veto the controversial measure and try to work on a Republican-friendly compromise.
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And even if it were, why would anyone think Rauner would be any different than most politicians who toe the party line regardless of what it is?
The argument over the IL bill should not have focused on the moral integrity of abortion laws.
I've heard Rauner promise the people of IL that he had "no social agenda" and as such firmly commit to legislators, the public, and even to Chicago's Cardinal, Blaise Cupich, that he would veto taxpayer funding of abortions.
"I made no qualms about that when I was elected governor".
Back in 2014, Rauner told an abortion rights advocacy group that he did not like "the IL law that restricts coverage under the state Medicaid plan and state employees' health insurance".
"As a pro-life Republican, I disagree with the Governor's decision to sign HB 40", Sanguinetti said. "Regardless of a woman's income or the federal political climate, the right to choose should be protected in IL".
And State Rep. David McSweeney, a fellow Republican, slammed Rauner as "a failed governor who lied to the people of IL", according to WBEZ News.
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