Halbrook says abortion coverage expansion marks 'truly tragic time in Illinois'
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 40 into law on Thursday, expanding taxpayer funding of abortions in Illinois. The decision left many surprised given Rauner's position in April to not support the bill.
“I understand abortion is a very emotional issue with passionate opinions on both sides,” Rauner said in a statement. “I sincerely respect those who believe abortion is morally wrong. They are good people motivated by principle.”
Rauner went on to say that he ultimately believes a woman should have the right to decide whether abortion is the best decision for her and should not be denied that choice because she is poor.
East Central Reporter reached out to Rep. Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) to get his take on the new law.
Q: Were you surprised that Rauner signed HB40?
The Governor had previously signaled he was reconsidering his earlier position that he would veto House Bill 40 – so when actually signed it, I was not really all that surprised.
Q: Do you think signing the bill was the right move for Illinoisans?
This bill makes Illinois one of the only states in the country to allow taxpayer funds to be used to pay for abortions regardless of the reason. It is truly a tragic time in Illinois. I am morally opposed to abortion because of my strong Christian beliefs and the last thing I want is for people of faith – people just like me - to be forced to pay for something they find morally reprehensible.
Q: Are you concerned about the cost to taxpayers?
Obviously, I oppose abortion on religious grounds. But even people who do not share my convictions should be concerned about this new law. Where are we going to find the money to pay these extra expenses? We cannot even pay the bills we have now. From a fiscal standpoint, this new law makes absolutely no sense.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?
People who are pro-life should not give up the fight in Illinois. Laws can be changed. We have to work together to elect pro-life legislators and keep working to change people’s hearts and minds when it comes to abortion. This new law is a major setback but instead of retreating, we should be motivated to work even harder for the cause of life.