Batinick, GOP peers oppose funding taxpayer-subsidized abortions
With the spring session winding down, Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) and his GOP peers held an impromptu press conference Tuesday rejecting taxpayer-subsidized abortions.
Lawmakers are dealing with HB40, a bill passed lasy year that allows for taxpayer-subsidized abortions. In 2017, the bill was not part of the annual fiscal plan; but it is now, leaving lawmakers with the question of whether to approve funding for up to 30,000 elective abortions annually in Illinois.
And it is not just GOP lawmakers who loath the idea.
Rep. Peter Breen (R-Lombard), who was at the press conference, said a recent survey states while 89 percent of Republicans oppose taxpayer-funded abortion, 56 percent of independents and 43 percent of Democrats also reject the idea.
But that has not stopped Illinois from becoming infamous for elective abortions, according to Breen, who said in the wake of HB40, the largest abortion provider in Illinois publicly posted its plans to open four new clinics in the state.
Rep. Thomas Morrison (R-Palatine) said the word is getting out. “People are coming to Illinois to get abortions, and we are not confident that our current rules and procedures would not stop out-of-state residents from coming in and getting a taxpayer-funded abortion,” Morrison said.