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Taxpayer-funded abortion bill heads to Governor Rauner

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CHICAGO – Democrats moved a bill that would cause taxpayers in Illinois to pay for abortions for low income women and state employees to the governor's desk Monday morning.

In April, Governor Rauner said he would veto the measure. Last week he told reporters he was now undecided. He's been talking to abortion advocates – including his wife Diana – and now pro-lifers are concerned the Republican governor could sign HB 40 into law.

State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington) responded immediately, pointing out the governor's past broken promises. 

"In 2014, Bruce Rauner promised Illinois taxpayers a tax cut and a 3% income tax rate. Instead, we ended up with a 32% increase in the income tax rate," McSweeney said.  "On April 14th, Governor Rauner promised Illinois citizens he would veto HB 40, which would expand state funding for abortions. I sure hope that Governor Rauner actually keeps this promise." 

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Illinois Right to Life President Rosemary Hackett made a rare public statement on political issues Monday morning in a mailing to the group's supporters.

"If Governor Bruce Rauner signs HB40, he will be publicly repudiated by pro-lifers throughout the entire state of Illinois," Hackett wrote.

"He promised to veto this horrendous legislation, which would force all Illinois taxpayers to pay for free abortions for those on Medicaid and state employees, which can be done through all nine months of pregnancy and for any reason – even when the unborn child can feel pain and survive outside the womb.

"Illinois Right to Life, alongside Illinois citizens who do not want their tax dollars going toward the, poisoning, dismemberment, and killing of unborn children in abortion, urge Governor Rauner to hold true to his promise and veto HB 40," she said. 

For approximately 36 years, Illinois' policy has been that its citizens should not be required to pay for other people’s abortions. Under current law, Medicaid covers abortions for those in the cases of rape, incest, and when the health or life of the mother is deemed to be at risk. House Bill 40 expands Medicaid coverage for abortions, providing free abortions for any reason.

While the number of abortions across the country is steadily declining, abortions in Illinois rose last year by 3.5% to nearly 40,000 abortions a year. Based on data from the last time Medicaid covered abortion on-demand, HB 40 will increase the number of abortions by potentially thousands every year. 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Rauner is a hypocrite. Rauner claims to meet with medicaid recipients say they need free abortions, But Rauner refused to meet with victims and families of victims of crimes committed by illegal aliens when he created a sanctuary state and an above the law class of criminals. Rauner is intellectually dishonest, even a federal government determined not to tell Americans how many illegal immigrants are committing crimes admits that at a minimum there are 350,000 illegal aliens incarcerated in state prisons and jails, and 3,500 are in for murder.
    Gov Rauner you must Veto HB 40. Why do I have finance the killing of an unborn baby? The persons who made that baby are responsible to pay for it to be murdered. The definition of murder is: the taking of an innocent life. There is a not a more innocent life than that of an unborn baby’s.
    We taxpayers who have morals and value human life have a right not to be an accomplice to the murder of unborn babies and you can’t make us. In point of FACT HB 40 violates the state constitution and our constitutionally protected religious freedoms.
    From the Illinois Constitution’s Bill of Rights:
    Article 1, Section 3. Religious Freedom
    “The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination, shall forever be guaranteed, and no person shall be denied any civil or political right, privilege or capacity, on account of his religious opinions; but the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be construed to dispense with oaths or affirmations, excuse acts of licentiousness, or justify practices inconsistent with the peace or safety of the State. No person shall be required to attend or support any ministry or place of worship against his consent, nor shall any preference be given by law to any religious denomination or mode of worship.” (Source: Illinois Constitution)
    Part of the FREE exercise of religion is right of conscience. HB 40 will try to force Christians to sin in direct violation of the Illinois constitution’s Religious Freedom clause. True Christians will be coerced by HB 40 to violate their religious conscience. Illinois state legislature craps on our Bill of Rights in the Illinois Constitution. No Christian can rewrite the Bible or ignore parts to please a dictatorial state government. To be a true Christian one must have faithful obedience to God’s word.
    The Bible says, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17)
    While sin is a personal act, we have a responsibility for the sins committed by others when we cooperate in them, like funding 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. That should be apparent to the state legislators and even you Rauner, since you all swore an to uphold the Illinois constitution. I don’t even understand how this unconstitutional bill got to the floor for a vote.
    Hey billionaire Rauner, why don’t you and your wife subsidize the genocide? You are filthy rich, don’t force an unmoral act on us.
    Rauner 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 babies. READ AND LEARN THE STATE CONSTITUTION, ESPECIALLY Article 1, Section 3. Religious Freedom, WE AREN’T YOUR SUBJECTS AND YOU AREN’T OUR KING. Governor Rauner, it is your duty, remember you swore an oath to uphold the state constitution, to VETO HB 40.

  2. I find it very strange that much of this controversy is being stage managed (or choreographed, if you like), by Terry Cosgrove of Personal-Pac. What makes Cosgrove and interesting party to be running a pro-abortion advocacy group is the fact that he is a gay man with absolutely no personal stake in the controversy. His only interest in the subject is monetary. Personal-Pac pays him quite well and he parlayed his advocacy (always anti-Republican — he is even lied about Republicans who were pro-choice being opponents) into a well paying appointed office under former Governor Quinn.