Illinois Governor Signs Bill Expanding Public Funding For Abortion!

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Here’s just another reason why anyone still living in Illinois should leave NOW!

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner on Thursday signed into law a controversial and politically complex measure to expand taxpayer-subsidized abortions for women covered by Medicaid and state employee insurance.

Yeah! Go figure! Illinois FINALLY gets a Republican governor and then THIS happens! How does a Republican governor stay in office while he’s against the GOP platform when it comes to life, taxes and immigration? And WHY did Governor Rauner wait to sign this bill until the ’40 Days of Life’ march began to end abortion?

Flanked by supporters, Gov. Bruce Rauner announces he will sign abortion legislation HB40, during a Thompson Center news conference Thursday afternoon, Sept. 29, 2017. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Rauner stated at a press conference on Thursday,

“I also believe that no woman should be forced to make a different decision than another woman would make purely based on her income,” the governor said at a Thompson Center news conference. “I believe that a woman living with limited financial means should not be put in the position where she has to choose something different than a woman of higher income would be able to choose.”

Rauner said he tried for months “to find common ground with both sides of this issue.

“We were unable to do that. The passions run too deep. As a result, today, I am announcing that I am signing House Bill 40.”

The Republican governor’s decision angered conservative voters and certainly will result in a primary challenge, with Rauner slated to seek a second term next year.

Can you say FLIP FLOP? How about ‘One-and-done’?

It’s a reversal from April, when Rauner pledged to veto the bill as he was trying to appeal to conservative lawmakers in his party. In recent weeks, however, Rauner indicated he was undecided on what to do. The governor has been meeting with advocacy groups on both sides of the issue.

Conservative Republican lawmakers immediately decried Rauner’s announcement. Rep. Peter Breen, the House Republican floor leader, publicly disavowed his party’s governor.

“In the face of overwhelming evidence of Rauner’s inability to competently administer the Illinois government, inability to stand up to Mike Madigan effectively, and inability to keep his word and his commitments, I can no longer support him,” said Breen, of Lombard.

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider issued a statement saying he’s “disappointed” in Rauner’s decision, but then sought to blame Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.

“While I am frustrated and saddened, I also know that Speaker Madigan and the Democrats are trying to use this issue to divide our party and elect a Madigan-backed candidate for governor,” said Schneider, a Cook County commissioner.

State Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, called Rauner a “failed governor who lied to the people of Illinois.”

State Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, said “words cannot express my profound disappointment” with Rauner’s decision.

Taxpayers should not be forced to fund something as controversial and culturally divisive as abortions. Likewise, there is no good reason for taxpayers to be on the hook for someone else’s personal decision,” he said in a statement. “There was a public commitment made by the governor to veto this bill. His flip-flopping on this issue raises serious questions on whether the governor’s word can be trusted on other matters.”

Some believe a veto of the abortion bill would have risked alienating moderate suburban women, a key demographic in Illinois’ statewide elections.

Rauner won in 2014 campaigning as a candidate with no social agenda but with an acknowledged support for abortion rights.

The governor’s indication and signing of the abortion measure comes weeks after he upset conservatives by signing immigration legislation known as the ‘Trust Act’. The law protects immigrants who are in the country illegally from being detained solely because of their immigration status.

Rauner’s own lieutenant governor issued a statement saying “as a pro-life Republican” she disagrees with the governor’s decision.

“I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for a 15-year-old refugee who chose to have me and keep me,” Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti said. “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.”

The annual taxpayer cost of abortions under the measure would be $1.8 million, according to Department of Healthcare and Family Services estimates.

The measure also removes language in Illinois law that states a desire to criminalize abortion if a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing the procedure is overturned. Democrats initially sold the bill as a means of keeping abortion legal if Roe v. Wade were dumped. President Donald Trump has promised to nominate Supreme Court justices bent on revisiting Roe.

More than two dozen states provide Medicaid coverage for abortions in cases of rape, incest or if the mother’s life is in danger, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group supporting abortion rights. This is in keeping with the 1977 federal Hyde Amendment, which otherwise restricts federal funding for abortions.

But a state can use state-only funds from the state-federal program for women seeking abortions for other reasons. Seventeen states do that, 13 because of a court order.

So now, even though Illinois has a Republican Governor, Illinois now is not only a SANCTUARY STATE for illegal immigrants, but also another STATE to PUBLICLY FUND ABORTION!

HOW INSANE IS THAT!? And don’t even get me started on talk about the Illinois pensions and THAT debt!

So let’s see…Illinois elected a Republican governor who made Illinois a sanctuary state, added religious (Muslim) advisory groups to advise on policy, raised taxes, gave people the right to pick their gender on their birth certificate AND added taxpayer funding when it came to the life of the unborns.

Nice job, Governor Rauner!

It’s really sad that Governor Rauner signed this bill. But what’s more pathetic is he had this bill on his desk back in April. He could have signed it earlier. Instead, Rauner signed it near the first day of the ’40 Days for Life’ march. An international and mobilized march that began on September 27th and runs through November 5th that stands to end abortion. If that doesn’t make a loud statement about Rauner, I don’t know what does!

Unfortunately, Rauner will be a ‘one-and-done’ governor of Illinois. It looks like HE just elected the next Democratic governor of Illinois for 2018 which will most likely be billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker.

Nice work Governor Rauner!

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