A bill opposed by Pro-Lifers will be vetoed, if passed, according to a member of Governor Bruce Rauner’s staff.
Illinois Review got an email from Allie Bovis stating,
“Governor Rauner does not support HB40 and will veto the bill if it reaches his desk.”
House Bill 40 is the legislation in question.
The bill’s synopsis follows:
Amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971.
Removes a provision prohibiting the non-contributory portion of a program of health-benefits from including the expenses of obtaining an abortion.
Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code.
Removes a provision excluding abortions or induced miscarriages or premature births from the list of services provided under the State’s medical assistance program.
Removes language providing for the adoption of rules to prohibit a physician from providing medical assistance to anyone eligible for medical assistance benefits if the physician has been found guilty of willfully and wantonly performing an abortion procedure upon a woman who was not pregnant at the time of the procedure.
Removes other provisions concerning abortion restrictions.
Amends the Problem Pregnancy Health Services and Care Act.
Removes language prohibiting the Department of Human Services from making grants to nonprofit agencies and organizations that use such grants to refer or counsel for, or perform, abortions.
Amends the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975. Provides that it is the intention of the General Assembly to reasonably regulate abortion in conformance with the legal standards set forth in the decisions of the United States Supreme Court of January 22, 1973.
Removes language concerning the General Assembly’s declaration that the unborn child is a human being from the time of conception and is, therefore, a legal person for purposes of the unborn child’s right to life.
Makes other changes.
State Representative David McSweeney prompted the Governor’s decision, according to Illinois Review.