Springfield, IL – State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner announcing on Sept. 28 that he will sign House Bill 40 (HB 40) into law:
“I am incredibly disappointed in Gov. Rauner’s decision to sign HB 40 into law.
“Last April, he pledged he would veto HB 40, legislation that would pay for abortions – even elective abortions – for those on Medicaid and covered by state health insurance.
“At a time where we need to cut the state’s budget, we are now going to add millions of dollars in new costs through taxpayer-funded abortion. Polls show consistently that the majority of Americans are opposed to tax dollars being used to pay for abortion.
“It’s a sad day for Illinois, for the voiceless, and Illinois taxpayers.”