IL lawmakers to resume budget talks

Additionally, the bill expands abortion coverage for women on Medicaid and for women who are state employees using state health insurance.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Democratic-controlled Illinois House has approved public funding for all abortions.

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The Illinois House pushed through a radical piece of pro-abortion legislation Tuesday that would force taxpayers to fund abortions.

The 62-55 party-line vote coincided with a rally by women's groups outside the Capitol which focused on a "progressive" legislative agenda, headed by the abortion measure. As a candidate in 2014, he supported expanding abortion access. State Representative Sara Feigenholtz said, "The intent.is to protect women from a president who has been very, very clear about his desire to overturn Roe v Wade and make abortion illegal in some states".

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She says the legislation is also important because it ensures abortion remains on the books in IL if the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion is overturned. As the state nears the two year mark without a budget, Rev. Jesse Jackson told the crowd he's trying to broker a summit between the parties. He cited a 1989 analysis from the state's nonpartisan Legislative Research Unit that found IL would need to reinstate criminal penalties for abortion before that language could have any practical application. "Instead of working to solve our state's catastrophic challenges, Madigan Democrats just passed a radical bill for taxpayer funded abortions, at a cost of $60 million, while we don't have a budget", said Party National Committeewoman Demetra Demonte in a statement emailed to Chicagoist. "Should it come from cancer screenings ... will it come from necessary surgeries?"

"I don't really understand how we can say we do care about the most vulnerable among us when we have limited funds and we'll be spending money for something that not only is opposed by many of us but is considered to be an abomination", said state Representative Terri Bryant, a Republican from southern IL.

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Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has pledged to veto it. They include the long-stalled ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.


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