Skillicorn: Rauner became one-term governor after signing abortion bill
Gov. Bruce Rauner won't win re-election after signing into law a measure that forces all Illinois taxpayers to pay for abortions regardless of their personal beliefs, Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-Crystal Lake) is predicting.
"Today, after promising not to do so, Gov. Rauner signed HB40 into law a bill that forces taxpayers to fund abortions," Skillicorn said. "There are many things this law will ensure. It will ensure that Illinois taxpayers will be paying $30 million more in Medicaid they cannot afford. It will ensure that thousands of babies will be aborted. It will ensure that no one will trust the commitments made by this governor. And, finally, it will ensure that Rauner serves only one-term."
Rauner is the first state leader to provide Medicaid and state insurance funding for all abortions at any time up until the last day of pregnancy. Previously, Medicaid paid for abortions only when the life of the mother was at stake, or in cases of rape or incest.
“I personally believe that a woman should have, must have, the right to decide what goes on in her own body -- that women should have the right to decide her health care," Rauner said.
The bill’s expansion of abortion services for poor women will mean an additional 12,000 abortions a year, according to Right to Life, at a cost of more than $21 million.