After long conversations with advocates on both sides of the issue, Governor Rauner followed through on a campaign promise signing legislation protecting the right to choose for Illinois women. The governor has always spoken his mind throughout his time in office, and on Thursday he stood up for the rights of women across the state.
Take a look at some of the coverage:
Rauner Pulls Trigger: Signs Bill to Ensure Abortion Remains Legal
“As Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, I will not let that happen,” Schneider said. “There is no daylight between Governor Rauner and the Illinois Republican Party and we will continue working hard to ensure his reelection and finally defeat Mike Madigan once and for all.”
Rauner Signs Bill Ensuring Abortion Access in Illinois
On Thursday, he told reporters, “I personally am pro-choice. I always have been” and that he has supported anti-abortion political candidates through his life.
But, he added, “I believe women have a right to decide what goes on in her own body…the right to choose.”
The bill would override parts of a 1975 law that would ban abortions in Illinois should the U.S. Supreme Court ever overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion.
…If Roe v. Wade is overturned without any changes to state law, abortions would be banned in Illinois even in the case of rape or incest, while abortions could be performed if the mother’s life were in danger.
Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign Abortion Protections Law HB40
The new law will expand abortion coverage for low-income women on Medicaid and others on state health insurance. It would also overturn the state’s ‘trigger law’, which would have automatically made abortion illegal in Illinois were the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the abortion rights decision ‘Roe v. Wade’.
In a statement, Gov. Rauner said, “I understand abortion is a very emotional issue with passionate opinions on both sides. I sincerely respect those who believe abortion is morally wrong. They are good people motivated by principle. But, as I have always said, I believe a woman should have the right to make that choice herself and I do not believe that choice should be determined by income. I do not think it’s fair to deny poor women the choice that wealthy women have.”
Illinois Governor says he will sign HB40
The bill makes it legal to get an abortion in the state, even if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Roe vs. Wade decision.
…The governor said he respects people who believe abortion is morally wrong, but he said he believes a woman should have the right to make the choice on her own.
Rauner also said income shouldn’t be a factor in the choice.
While some disagreed with the decision, noted pro-life Republicans expressed the need to rally around the governor on the big issues facing Illinois:
Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti:
“I realize this bill is a political ploy to divide the people of Illinois. While I disagree with the Governor on this, we must focus on our areas of agreement – enacting real reforms we need to turn Illinois around.”
Attorney General Candidate Erika Harold
“The Governor personally reached out to me about his decision, and I know he did not reach it easily. While we disagree on this issue, there remains much on which we agree - and that is what unites us as Republicans. We both agree on the need to make Illinois more competitive, we agree on the need to lift up the less fortunate and we agree on the need to crack down on corruption and wrongdoing. As I have stated several times in the past, as Attorney General, I will enforce all of the laws of the state.”