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Rauner’s Plan to Veto Abortion Protection Bill in Illinois Draws Support, Criticism

Gov. Bruce Rauner's latest position on abortion has critics and supporters reacting as the campaign for governor continues to heat up. 

Rauner has promised to veto an abortion protection bill, despite describing himself as a pro-choice Republican. 

The legislation would have expanded coverage for abortion. 

In 2014, then-candidate Rauner said, “I fundamentally believe that abortion should be a woman’s private decision.” 

“This decision should not be impeded by government,” he said at the time. 

Still, the Republican Party provided a Rauner supporter for comment on the matter. 

“This is an issue of funding for abortion in the state of Illinois and how that is funding and taxpayer funding going beyond and expanding what we already pay,” said Cheryl Manor. 

But Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle disagreed. 

“This is not a tax issue as some have suggested,” she said during a press conference Wednesday. “We should not allow this bill to be sold that way.” 

Cardinal Blase Cupich praised the move. 

“This legislation, which is pending in the General Assembly, would use public dollars, through Illinois’ Medicaid and employee health insurance programs, to fund elective abortions at any stage of pregnancy for any reason,” Cupich said in a statement. “I thank him for this principled stand. Abortion is a controversial issue in this country, but using public money to provide abortions should not be.” 

The personal PAC, an Illinois abortion rights policital action committee, was sharply critical of Rauner, accusing him of being Donald Trump on steroids. 

“It defrauds every voter who took him at his words and mistakenly believed him to be an honest man,” said Terry Cosgrove.

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