We just warned Governor Rauner…
If he supports a new law to authorize taxpayer funding for abortion — Catholics will oppose him next year. This is no empty threat.
H.B. 40 is a new spending bill that has already passed out of committee in the General Assembly and could be called for a vote as soon as this week. The bill would allow for state taxpayer dollars to go directly to funding abortions for qualified Medicaid recipients — for any reason. The law would also mandate that insurance for state employees cover abortions.
In a statement released to the media yesterday, I was clear:
“If Governor Rauner signs the bill as written, we will urge our members along with every pro-life voter in the state to support an alternative candidate — or to abstain from voting for his re-election. And we won’t be the only group doing so.
“Governor Rauner pledged to remain neutral on social issues. He repeatedly said he does not have a social agenda, yet is already defending himself in a lawsuit for breaking this promise. If Bruce Rauner signs his name to this abortion spending bill, he cannot be trusted with another term as Governor.”
Illinois Catholics must unite now.
This weekend, letters from every Illinois bishop will be placed in bulletins across the state opposing the legislation. A copy of the letter from Cardinal Cupich can be read here.
KEY: Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and other extremist groups know Illinois voters oppose taxpayer funding for abortion. So they are hiding their real goal with language in the bill that would ‘protect abortion’ if Roe v. Wade is overturned. This is a classic bait and switch strategy. And of course, they are using President Trump and the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to sow fear and spread their lies.
Time is critical. The bill could be called for a vote as soon as this week. If passed in the House, it will sail through the Senate and sent to Gov. Rauner to sign.
TAKE ACTION NOW:
Please contact Governor Rauner’s office and tell him you oppose H.B. 40. And tell him if he supports this bill, he cannot count on your support next year.
Springfield Office of the Governor
Chicago Office of the Governor