The wind shifts on abortion: A Republican governor leads the way

By Amanda Marcotte

While Republicans in Alabama just nominated Roy Moore, a theocratic Christian “dominionist,” as their Senate nominee, the Republican governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, just made a startling move in bucking the religious right. Thursday, Rauner signed a law written by Democratic legislators that allows the state’s insurance programs, including Medicaid, to cover abortion. It also ended the state’s “trigger law,” which would have banned abortion if Roe v. Wade were ever overturned by the Supreme Court.

In his statements defending the decision, Rauner emphasized his long-standing support for abortion rights, saying he believes “that no woman should be forced to make a different decision than another woman would make purely based on her income.”

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