Conservative lawmakers have filed legislation to ban tax money from being used to pay for abortions amid continued Republican backlash over Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to expand abortion access for women covered by Medicaid and state employee insurance.
The proposal is unlikely to gain momentum given Democratic majorities in the legislature and Rauner’s signature this month on the abortion law. But the effort to reverse it highlights the deep divide in the Republican Party, which has relied on the governor’s personal wealth to help revitalize its ranks.
Under the bill, no taxpayer funds could be used to provide elective abortions. That would amount to a reversal of a key provision in the measure Rauner signed, which allows for taxpayer-subsidized abortions for state employees and low-income women. Illinois already covered abortions in cases of rape and incest and when there is a threat to the health and life of the mother.
“This controversial and culturally divisive act should not be one that taxpayers should be forced to fund,” said Republican state Sen. Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods. “Likewise, there is no good reason for taxpayers to be on the hook for someone else’s personal decision.”