Bivins opponent condemns Rauner's enactment of abortion funding measure
Gov. Bruce Rauner is the first state leader to enact legislation that "actually forces taxpayers to cover the cost for this taking of human life," Liandro Arellano Jr. said in a press release recently.
Arellano, who is vying to unseat District 45 Sen. Tim Bivins (R-Dixon), repeated an accusation other Republicans have made since Rauner signed HB40, which provides for Medicaid and state insurance coverage of abortions at any point in pregnancy for any reason.
"I condemn the governor's action as both morally and fiscally damaging to Illinois," Arellano said in the release. “During the last gubernatorial campaign, I directly asked then-candidate Rauner about his position on abortion versus the sanctity of life. He told me that he was personally pro-choice, but that he would not pursue or advance a social agenda."
Arellano said besides the obvious moral objections the new law raises, there's also the financial cost involved.
"Shockingly, this new expense is being added despite a state fiscal crisis that just triggered multiple new tax increases," he said in the release.