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*** UPDATED x1 *** IL’s GOP congressional delegation criticizes Rauner, touts its own abortion bill

Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Press release…

In the wake of legislation signed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner that would allow for the use of taxpayer money to cover an unlimited number of abortions anytime for any reason, members of the Illinois Republican Congressional Delegation voted to advance bipartisan legislation H.R. 36 – the Unborn Pain-Capable Child Protection Act – to restrict abortions 20 weeks or more after conception, the point at which unborn fetuses can feel pain.

Representatives Peter Roskam (IL-06), John Shimkus (IL-15), Randy Hultgren (IL-14), Rodney Davis (IL-13), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), Darin LaHood (IL-18) and Mike Bost (IL-12) released the following statement:

“Henry Hyde championed the rights of the unborn through the Hyde Amendment, which expressly prohibits federal funding for abortions. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2005 to 2014, the infant mortality rate in the United States dropped 15 percent. Much of this progress can be attributed to technological advancements in medicine that gives children born prematurely and with various medical issues a fighting chance. H.R. 36 protects children like Micah Pickering who was born at 22 weeks and is a thriving toddler today. Read his story here.

“In a reversal of long-standing Illinois policy, Governor Rauner has let down Illinois taxpayers and the unborn by signing H.B. 40. Today, the Illinois delegation stands together in our support of H.R. 36 to protect human life.”

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a party’s entire state congressional delegation criticize their own party’s governor like that before. Or, at least, excluding the time during Rod Blagojevich’s arrest/impeachment.

And, like with Blagojevich, the criticism actually may help these Republicans electorally by putting some distance between themselves and a very unpopular person. Not many Democrats suffered electoral consequences from their past relationships with Blagojevich mainly because they so thoroughly trashed him at the end.

* The other side of the H.R. 36 issue from Planned Parenthood

Congress is preparing to vote on a bill that would impose a nationwide ban on abortion at 20 weeks. This dangerous, out-of-touch legislation is nothing more than yet another attempt to restrict women’s access to safe, legal abortion.

Nearly 99 percent of abortions occur before 21 weeks, but when they are needed later in pregnancy, it’s often in very complex circumstances. For example, severe fetal anomalies and serious risks to the woman’s health — the kind of situations where a woman and her doctor need every medical option available.

20-week bans are also highly unpopular throughout the country. 61% of all voters say abortion should be legal after 20 weeks. Plus, Democrats (78%), Republicans (62%), and Independents (71%) say this is the wrong issue for lawmakers to be spending time on.

*** UPDATE ***  Illinois ACLU…

It is a sad reflection that seven members of our Illinois Congressional delegation yesterday issued a statement that purposefully misrepresented the facts about Illinois House Bill 40, signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner last week. That new law simply extends coverage for health care, including abortion care, to all women in our state, even if they get their health insurance through the State. The law in no way changes abortion law in Illinois regarding when an abortion can be legally and safely performed. It is simply political distortion to say otherwise – and these lawmakers should retract that assertion.

It is fascinating that the Congressmen link their fake critique of House Bill 40 to federal legislation they support – H.R. 36. This abortion ban relies on fake “science” and fake claims. The assertion that the Congressmen supported the federal measure as a response to House Bill 40 is laughable and should fool no one. These seven members are long-time anti-abortion partisans, who have supported numerous restrictions on the ability of women in Illinois and across the country to make the most intimate decisions – about when and if to become a parent.

We can only stand in bewilderment that members of our congressional delegation champion H.R. 36, which counts among its prime sponsors a member of Congress who urged a woman with whom he had an affair to terminate her pregnancy. This is hypocrisy and political partisanship of the highest order.

House Bill 40 will help women in Illinois. These members of Congress should applaud, not condemn, such legislation.


  1. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 5:38 pm:

    That’s quick work. I wonder who the staffers that put it all together are?

    You know it wasn’t the congresscritters.

  2. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 5:38 pm:

    So far, the Rauner alleged allies are Durkin, Brady, Slip and Sue, Erika Harold, and Diana Rauner.

    The number has hit a bit of a bottom(?)

  3. - Will Caskey - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 5:59 pm:

    Wonder why Lipinski didn’t join them; he voted for it:

  4. - pundemonium - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 6:28 pm:

    if so many abortions occur before 20 weeks, then why oppose it?

  5. - Ignatius J. Reilly - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 6:37 pm:

    Good on the GOP delegation.

  6. - Charles Machine - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 7:29 pm:

    Just a clarification as to the GOP delegation’s speed, this is the THIRD TIME they have passed the same bill. Maybe third time is the charm-now watch Senate.

  7. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 8:15 pm:

    ==if so many abortions occur before 20 weeks, then why oppose it?==

    I believe your answer follows the section you highlight: ==when they are needed later in pregnancy, it’s often in very complex circumstances. For example, severe fetal anomalies and serious risks to the woman’s health — the kind of situations where a woman and her doctor need every medical option available.==

    Of course, the 20 week limit is bogus and not supported by science, but when did that stop these folks? It’s all about ginning up the base. I’ll be impressed when they start passing bills to take care of all of the children born into poverty without access to a healthy diet and a good education.

  8. - Honeybadger - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 10:26 pm:

    So nice that 7 white guys are going to make decisions about women’s health issues. Thanks guys, you’re the best. /snark

  9. - pundemonium - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 11:32 pm:

    –So nice that 7 white guys–

    how would it be different if there were a more diverse group of still only men?

  10. - John Mc - Wednesday, Oct 4, 17 @ 7:38 am:

    Rauner is such a hypocrite. He campaigned on eliminating unfunded mandates, and the desire to reduce significantly the Group Health insurance for state workers. Now he enables Illinois to be the first to cover state funded abortions. I miss Blago and Quinn.

  11. - @MisterJayEm - Wednesday, Oct 4, 17 @ 9:07 am:

    –So nice that 7 white guys–

    how would it be different if there were a more diverse group of still only men?

    It would be slightly less obvious that only a very select type of people get to make decisions about women’s bodies.

    – MrJM

  12. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Oct 4, 17 @ 9:54 am:

    What Rauner did by backstabbing his last group of ILGOP voters was give everyone a reason to not reelect him. This move brought him no new voters, but lost him voters.

    Rauner might have considered his move as merely political, but politics is especially emotional regarding human life. His callous disregard of the deeply felt feelings of his own party revealed to them his complete lack of concern for their beliefs.

    They stood by and let Rauner wreck Illinois government even at the cost of their own credibility. He, in returned, threw them overboard. ILGOP’s Raunerian Bargain has become unbelievably apparent to all. ILGOP is losing.

    The idea that we can just put a time limit on a medical procedure is amazingly unscientific. There is no magic at 20 weeks. Protect human life from conception and then allow medical science to determine the appropriateness of any medical procedures during pregnancy.

    Final point - demanding silence from citizens on issues due to their race, gender, religion, age or orientation is unfair and wrong.

  13. - Saluki - Wednesday, Oct 4, 17 @ 11:08 am:

    7 white guys…..


  14. - ecommerce business insurance - Wednesday, Oct 4, 17 @ 10:42 pm:

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