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Republican governor signs bill allowing Medicaid coverage for abortions

30 September 2017

That's something we don't often see in Springfield - or Washington, for that matter.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, 75 percent of women who undergo an abortion are either poor or low-income. The state already covers abortions in cases of rape, incest and when there is a threat to the health and life of the mother.

Emily Troscinski, executive director of Illinois Right To Life, said the state once funded unrestricted abortions through Medicaid in the late 1970s, and taxpayers paid about $1.8 million for about 12,738 unborn babies' abortion deaths at the time.

Though Rauner also said the "moral argument" opposing the other part of the bill was "irrefutable". Still, the decision came as a blow because the governor had said he would not weigh in on polarizing social issues. The governor's demeanor was somber and serious, as if he fully realized the devastating political implications in his own party of what he was saying. "As I understand it, he made that commitment to the Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago". Sara Feigenholtz introduced the bill earlier this year to the Democratic-majority legislature in an effort to protect women's rights under President Trump.

McCarter says the Governor's action is against the platform of the Illinois Republican Party.

Perhaps no one expected his position ever to be tested.

However, state Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, said Rauner stood up for a woman's right to choose.

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"There are a number of conservative leaders in IL that articulate our values as true Republicans", she said.

"I also believe that no woman should be forced to make a different decision than another woman would make purely based on her income", Rauner said at a press conference. "I made no qualms about that when I was elected governor and I have not and will never change my views".

"What we're talking about is a really divisive issue", Cupich said.

He has reminded us time and time again that we are our brother's keeper, and that our values are among our most important assets as human beings.

"Removes a provision prohibiting the non-contributory portion of a program of health-benefits from including the expenses of obtaining an abortion", reads the bill's official synopsis. For them, abortion is exclusively a personal choice - as it should be. There is a considerable amount of debate about various aspects of abortion policy.

Sixty-four percent of voters in an April poll said the governor should "act to protect the reproductive health care of ALL women in IL". Before Rauner's signature, IL law stipulated that Medicaid recipients were eligible for abortions only in cases of rape, incest, health and life of the mother.

Republican governor signs bill allowing Medicaid coverage for abortions