Pritzker: Illinois will be the most progressive state for abortion rights

    Pritzker: Illinois will be the most progressive state for abortion rights

    Gov. JB Pritzker took steps Tuesday to ensure that the taxpayer-funded abortion law will be fully implemented and pro-life activists weren't happy about it.

    "I think it's a bad thing that happened today, especially on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade," Springfield Right to Life President Tim Moore said.

    HB40, as it's commonly referred to, took effect last January.

    Former Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed it into law.

    Tuesday, Pritzker, a Democrat, took action to make sure that it will get fully implemented.

    "On this important anniversary, I'm very proud to sign an executive order that will further expand and enforce a woman's right to choose in Illinois," Pritzker said.

    HB40 allowed tax dollars to cover elective abortions for those on Medicaid and state employees covered by the state's health insurance plan.

    Those that are pro-choice applauded Tuesday's action.

    "I think it's a really great idea," Springfield resident Samantha Falconer said. "I think abortions need to be more accessible to all women, not just working women."

    But others, like Moore, want to see tax dollars used in ways to help families instead.

    "If we take that same money and we put it into helping women who can raise children, I'm all about that," Moore said. "Let's do it. Let's find smart people and let's find an answer to that problem. Let's not kill the children and make that the solution."

    The following statement is from Jordan Abudayyeh, Pritzker's press secretary:

    The office of the governor learned that advocates for safe and legal abortion are concerned that there several state employee group health insurance plans that are not fully compliant with the intent of HB40. Advocates cited issues of potential non-compliance ranging from failure to cover “elective” abortion or the abortion pill to failure to cover abortion unless it’s necessary for the health of the woman. The governor took immediate action today requiring CMS to conduct an internal review of all state employee group health insurance plans so we can officially identify and take action to correct any residual compliance issues.

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