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Rauner still mum on abortion funding bill



Bruce Rauner won in 2014 with the help of pro-life voters. Pro-abortion groups endorsed Quinn

CHICAGO – The good news for those that want the Governor to veto a bill that would force taxpayers to pay for low income and state employees' abortions is that the bill hasn't moved to his desk as of Friday. 

That means abortion-advocating group Personal PAC's Terry Cosgrove isn't confident the governor will sign it into law. 

The bad news is that the Governor refuses to confirm that he's going to stick with his first public comment on the topic made in April, and veto HB 40 if it reaches his desk.  Now he's telling reporters he's "assessing" the bill.

In April the official position was that Illinois is already one of 17 states that “goes above and beyond federal law by providing public funding for abortions to protect the health of the mother.”

The governor also emphasized that he had already signed two bills protecting women’s reproductive rights — one requiring businesses to pay for birth control and another forcing medical personnel to ignore their consciences and provide minimum abortion counseling. 

State Senator Kyle McCarter (R-O'Fallon) told Illinois Review that he expects the governor to keep his word and veto HB 40. 

The governor made it very clear to the legislator that brought 24 other lawmakers from the House and Senate to meet with him in his office that he would veto HB 40," McCarter said.

"If this bill becomes law, millions of taxpayer dollars will be spent to take the innocent lives of unborn babies in Illinois. I expect and urge the Governor to keep his word and veto HB 40.  This is a true test of his leadership and character," he said.  

State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington) said the governor would be breaking his word if he changed his mind from April, when McSweeney first called for Rauner's position on the bill. 

"Bruce Rauner gave his word to the people of Illinois that he would veto HB 40, which dramatically expands state funding for abortions," McSweeney told Illinois Review.

Signing the measure into law would simply add to the governor's disappointing term for fiscal and social conservatives that supported him in the 2014 election.

"The governor has failed miserably in his efforts to adopt the pro-economic growth agenda that he was elected on. Instead, we've ended up with a massive tax hike and Illinois becoming a sanctuary state," McSweeney said.

More to come … 


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  1. While sin is a personal act, we Christians have a responsibility for the sins committed by others when we cooperate in them, like by funding unborn baby murdering with our tax dollars.
    To a true Christian abortion is a sin. You cannot separate freedom of worship, right of conscience, and freedom of speech without denying Christians the free exercise of religion. The state legislature cannot rewrite the Bible by enacting constitution violating HB 40. That should be apparent to the state government, don’t the force an unmoral act of funding unborn baby murdering on true Christians?
    As governor you do not have the constitutionally granted authority to violate our religious freedoms and force we Christians to sin by forcing us to fund the murder of unborn babies. Why is the democrat controlled state legislature passing facile proposed legislation, they need to READ AND LEARN THE STATE CONSTITUTION, ESPECIALLY Article 1, Section 3, Religious Freedom. They must learn WE AREN’T THEIR SUBJECTS AND YOU AREN’T OUR KING. Governor Rauner, you MUST veto HB 40, it is your duty to uphold the state constitution, when the state legislature acts without authority.
    Passage of HB 40 would effectively “establish a revised Christian religion” in Illinois, because the state gov would be writing church doctrine. HB 40 would effectively change the Bible and say to Christians that murdering unborn babies is no longer a sin and you are to finance the murder of unborn babies with your dollars. The state has no authority to do such a thing and it is pure evil that they are trying. VETO HB40 Gov Rauner.

  2. “The power to tax involves the power to destroy,” wrote Chief Justice John Marshall, in McCulloch v. Maryland, 1819.
    Marshall is so right; the Illinois general assembly is trying to destroy the Christian religion thru the side door by using taxation. The state gov’t seeks to persecute Christians and destroy true Christianity by denying their constitutionally protected right of conscience and free exercise of religion. State gov’t is attempting to force true Christians to sin. One purpose of gov’t is to protect our freedom, but the organized crime called the democrat controlled state legislature wants to oppress Illinois citizens.
    We, the People of the State of Illinois grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He has permitted us to enjoy and seeking His blessing upon our endeavors in order to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the people; maintain a representative and orderly government; eliminate poverty and inequality; assure legal, social and economic justice; provide opportunity for the fullest development of the individual; insure domestic tranquility; provide for the common defense;and SECURE the BLESSINGS of FREEDOM and LIBERTY to ourselves and our posterity do ordain and establish this Constitution for the State of Illinois. (Source: Illinois Constitution.)
    The state legislature swears an oath to uphold the constitutions (Illinois & U.S.). Yet the democrat controlled state legislature is clearly attempting to VIOLATE our constitution and our religious liberty. Remember a constitution regulates government, not the citizens.
    When you apply logic to the facts you get truth, my question is why haven’t you Governor Rauner vetoed HB 40? Because the truth is oppressive HB 40 stomps on religious liberty and as such is an unlawful bill. Wake up Governor Rauner and kick HB 40 under the bus!