Rauner Opposes Bill Allowing Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

Bruce Rauner
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters during a news conference in October 2016. Seth Perlman / AP Photo
Bruce Rauner
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters during a news conference in October 2016. Seth Perlman / AP Photo

Rauner Opposes Bill Allowing Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is opposing legislation that would allow the state to cover abortions for its employees and Medicaid recipients.

Eleni Demertzis, Rauner's spokeswoman, said Friday the governor is committed to protecting women's rights under current law but recognizes the "sharp divisions of opinion" on taxpayer-funded abortion coverage.

The legislation is sponsored by Democratic Rep. Sara Feigenholtz. She said the measure would protect women's access to abortions in Illinois if federal law legalizing the procedure is overturned. It also would remove prohibitions on state employee health insurance and Medicaid funds from covering the procedure.

Rauner has signed previous legislation expanding access to birth control and requiring physicians who refuse to perform abortions to inform patients where they can go instead.