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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 […]

Illinois governor agrees to allow Medicaid for abortions

By John O’Connor CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner ended months of speculation Thursday and signed legislation allowing state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions, a reversal of the first-term Republican’s stance on the proposal last spring. The Legislature, which is run by Democrats, approved the measure in May but delayed sending it […]

Group rallies in support of House Bill 40

By WAND Channel 7 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Advocates of legislation that removes provisions that deny insurance coverage of abortions for women enrolled in Medicaid and State Employee Health Insurance gathered in Springfield to urge Governor Rauner to sign the bill into law. Read more.

Guest Column: My faith calls me to support HB 40

By The Rev. Dr. Larry Greenfield Throughout my life and work as a Baptist minister, seminary teacher and dean, and denominational executive in Illinois, I have always viewed support for women’s health and moral agency to be a core tenet of my faith and service to my community. Laws that push abortion out of reach […]