Illinois House Passes Abortion Expansion

Also, the legislation would allow state employees now deprived of abortion services under state health insurance to have the procedures covered.

The Illinois General Assembly is back in Springfield and is heading into the final six weeks of its spring session.

The Democratic-led IL house passed legistlation on Tuesday to expand state-funded abortion coverage for state employees and low-income residents.

Abortion rights advocates in IL responded to concerns about women's rights with the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Illinois' Medicaid program covers abortions in cases of rape, incest and when a mother's life or health is threatened.

He now says the state should focus on other priorities. "Today, we stated unequivocally that access to safe legal abortion will remain protected in IL".

Cullerton also rejected the idea that freeing up that cash would remove the pressure for a larger deal, noting that he and Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno have been negotiating an agreement.




"Where should that money come from?" "Should it come from cancer screenings? It's a smokescreen", Breen said.

Many important bills are expected to be heard at the Illinois State Capitol this week.

Apparently forgetting that the governor has played a huge role in creating the state budget impasse, the Illinois GOP tried to shoehorn the governor's archnemisis Michael Madigan into a statement.

"While Gov. Rauner does not have a pro-life position and states he is for so-called women's 'reproductive rights, '" Illinois Citizens for Life said, the group praised "his commitment to veto ... this awful abortion funding bill" if it reached his desk.

The governor has said he would veto the bill due to concerns over expanding access to Medicaid recipients.

Republican state Rep. Peter Breen of Lombard says Medicaid-funded abortions do not qualify for federal match so the measure would cost IL an extra $60 million a year.

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