Tell Rauner not to veto HB40
HB40 passed yesterday, which was a great victory for Illinois women's rights. However, the bill still has to pass the Senate and then it heads to the governor's office. Unfortunately, Bruce Rauner has pledged to veto the bill.
"Gov. Rauner is committed to protecting women's reproductive rights under current Illinois law. However, recognizing the sharp divisions of opinion of taxpayer funding of abortion, he does not support" the pending legislation, spokeswoman Eleni Demertzis said.
The governor ran as a pro-choice candidate, saying in a reply to a Personal PAC questionnaire:
"I fundamentally believe that abortion should be a woman's private decision, hopefully in consultation with her loved ones and her faith community, and that decision should not be impeded by government," Rauner wrote in reply to Personal PAC's questionnaire.
"This principle should apply to all women, regardless of income level or location of residency. As governor, I will work to ensure equal access to contraception and abortion services. It is my hope that by increasing access to reproductive health services we can reduce the incidence of abortions in Illinois, while ensuring that women who do make this decision receive services in a timely manner," he wrote.
So what is it? Well, Rauner made a promise in his campaign and we should hold him to it. Call Bruce Rauner and tell him to not veto HB40.
Script:Hi, my name is ____________ and I'm an Illinois resident and registered voter. I'm calling to ask Governor Rauner to not veto HB40 and to remind him of his campaign promise to ensure equal access to abortion services. Governor Rauner needs to stop playing politics with women's bodies.