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Illinois Senate approves abortion safeguards; veto likely

Illinois Senate approves abortion safeguards; veto likely

Momentum on the legislation - sponsored by state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, and 24 other House Democrats - had been building when Rauner's administration on April 14 said he wouldn't support the bill.

"This legislation is a significant change from a national policy that taxpayer dollars do not fund elective abortions", Sen. Neil Anderson, R-Moline, said on the Senate floor.

"It's not our place here in this chamber to decide when it's appropriate for a woman to decide whether or not she should get an abortion", said Democratic Sen.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vowed to veto the bill.

Senators voted along party lines, 33-22, in favor of the plan, which would permit abortion coverage by state employee health insurance and Medicaid funds.

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IL senators have advanced a proposal that would ensure abortion remains legal in IL and expand coverage for state workers and Medicaid recipients.

"It is time for us ... to ensure it and keep it safe here", Steans said. It would also ensure abortions remain legal in IL, even if Roe v. Wade is overturned at the federal level - a theoretical future issue that advocates say is a crucial safety valve with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office but which critics say is a false frenzy to rush, given that the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court has not shifted.

State Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Plainfield, called GOP-resistance to the bill "unbelievably stunning".

"We find that many people who are in this situation cite as their example - the need to do this - financial ones", Hutchinson said, "and many of them already have children".

If Roe v. Wade is overturned without any changes to state law, abortions would be banned in IL even in the case of rape or incest, while abortions could be performed if the mother's life were in danger.

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That led Feigenholtz to deride the governor as a "flip-flopper" who lied about supporting abortion rights to win votes during the campaign.

Rauner has the support of Cardinal Blase Cupich, who spoke out against the measure in February while also urging Democrats to vote against it.

Rauner publicly opposed the bill before it won House approval last month amid calls from conservative groups to veto it. She said those children often went on to become productive citizens of society who brought great joy to the families they ended up with, later noting that one of her own daughters is adopted. He said it was the first time in 28 years that the organization released such a survey, choosing to do so to show that Rauner "misrepresented" and "lied to voters" about his women's rights views.

Illinois Gov-elect Bruce Rauner speaks to the media after a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama and other Governor-elects from seven U.S. states at the White House in Washington December 5, 2014. "I would support a legislative effort to reverse that law".

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