Illinois House approves bill providing for public funding of abortions

Illinois House approves bill providing for public funding of abortions

"I pray that this divisive issue will be put behind us and our government officials will now concentrate on the many hard challenges facing IL", he said.

Gov. Rauner had promised to veto Illinois House Bill 40, which would provide funding via Medicaid or health insurance for elective abortions for any reason during any stage of pregnancy.

"Today is a victory for every woman in our state because it protects every woman's right to choose", Feigenholtz said in a news release.

Illinois' Medicaid program covers abortions in cases of rape, incest and when a mother's life or health is threatened. "So now we have to hope that the governor comes back to Springfield from campaigning, stop campaigning for about six weeks, govern, and then he can campaign on some successes". "Today, we stated unequivocally that access to safe legal abortion will remain protected in IL".

"Where should that money come from?" "Should it come from cancer screenings ... will it come from necessary surgeries?" "It's a smokescreen", Breen said. "The entire goal of this bill is to bring more money, millions of dollars from the Illinois State treasury to the abortion industry".

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Rauner has previously signed legislation that expanded access to birth control and required physicians who refuse to perform abortions to inform patients of other doctors who will perform the procedure.

During the debate, Democratic Majority Leader Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie of Chicago read from a statement she said Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner made during his 2014 run for governor in support of ensuring women can access abortion services regardless of income level.

"It's clear that the majority of IL voters oppose the use of their hard-earned tax dollars to fund abortions at a time when IL is facing a fiscal crisis, regardless of their personal views", Caprio said.

The abortion bill is HB40. These findings are consistent with previous polls from various groups. But abortion wasn't the only thing on people's minds.

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