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Illinois House Passes Abortion Expansion

Illinois House Passes Abortion Expansion

The bill would also expand abortion coverage for Medicaid and state employee health insurance.

IL lawmakers returned to Springfield today as state government is closing on 22 months without a budget, and prospects for an overall deal look grim.

Despite a promise from Gov. Bruce Rauner to veto-something his critics called him out for last week-the House voted 62 to 55 to advance HB40, which scraps an Illinois' "trigger law" that would theoretically make abortion illegal should Roe V. Wade be overturned.

The governor has said he would veto the bill due to concerns over expanding access to Medicaid recipients.

Despite the familiarity of the arguments from both sides, the floor debate lasted two hours and was fueled by the morning rally, called the Illinois Women March, which was patterned after similar marches worldwide January 21. "We need 60. There will be a lot of pressure on the governor to do the right thing and follow his promises and stick to his word", said State Representative Sara Feigenholtz.




The downgrades "reflect the effect of Illinois' severe budgetary challenges - as demonstrated by its almost two-year-long budget impasse - on the universities' financial positions, specifically as it relates to unrestricted cash flows and liquidity", the agency said. He cited a 1989 analysis from the state's nonpartisan Legislative Research Unit that found IL would need to reinstate criminal penalties for abortion before that language could have any practical application. "Should it come from cancer screenings?"

Breen also called striking the so-called "trigger language" in existing law which advocates say would criminalize abortion in IL if Roe v. Wade is overturned a "smokescreen" to cover the bill's funding expansion. However, he is aware that people's opinions differ when it comes to taxpayer-funded abortions, the Associated Press relays. They include the long-stalled ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.

While the measure will likely have enough votes in the House to pass, it is unsure if it will have enough to override an nearly certain veto.

Paul Caprio, director of Family-Pac, a lobbying group in IL, said in a news release earlier this month that he commends Rauner's decision to oppose the bill.

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