Statement on HB40

Earlier today Governor Rauner signed House Bill 40, a bill which will open up Medicaid and state employee health insurance coverage to elective abortions. State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) released the following statement in response:

“I voted against House Bill 40 and urged the Governor on multiple occasions not to sign the bill. I am incredibly disappointed in his decision to ignore the facts of this bill. This is not about women’s health, but instead is a measure that will dramatically increase taxpayer funding of elective abortions. His decision to sign the bill goes against his promise to legislators and his commitment to fiscal responsibility. I still support Governor Rauner’s agenda, but I am very upset and discouraged by his actions today.”