Divisive abortion bill HB 40 clears Senate. Now it’s up to Rauner – Health Care News

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10 May 2017 | 7:00 pm

Illinois senators today passed controversial abortion bill HB 40, sending it to Gov. Bruce Rauner—who has vowed to veto it.

“Every woman—no matter where she lives, how much money she makes, or how she gets her health care coverage—should have access to affordable and comprehensive health care so she can make personal health decisions based on what is best for her and her family,” Jennifer Welch, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, said in a statement.

The divisive legislation, which passed in a 33 to 22 vote, aims to protect abortion rights in Illinois should the U.S. Supreme Court strike down or change Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that made abortion legal in the U.S. It also prevents insurers from denying coverage of abortion services to women on Medicaid and state workers on the Illinois health insurance plan.

As Rauner prepares to seek re-election, the passage of this bill puts the governor, a Republican, in a tough spot between pro-choice suburban women and pro-life downstate voters.

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