Key Words: Bruce Rauner on abortion: Income shouldn’t factor

Bruce Rauner, the Republican governor of Illinois, angered the more conservative bloc of his own party with a move on abortion policy this week.

Rauner—still stinging from the summer slugfest that included key Republican defections in order to pass a budget in the fiscally hobbled state—cited his desire for economic fairness around the controversial health topic.

‘I believe that a woman living with limited financial means should not be put in the position where she has to choose something different than a woman of higher income would be able to choose.’

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner

The new law expands taxpayer-subsidized abortions for women covered by Medicaid and state employee insurance. The state already covers abortions in cases of rape, incest or a health threat to the mother. The law expands Medicaid coverage beyond those limited cases.

Read: More than half of women who got an abortion last year were using contraception

Illinois Right to Life, which opposed the bill, projected that the measure could mean 12,000 additional abortions in the state per year. Another group, however, put the figure at 3,800 a year, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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