March 14, 2018
Illinois well on way to being 'abortion oasis'
In September, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) – in a move that angered his pro-life base of his party – signed House Bill 40, which forces taxpayers to pay for abortion through all nine months of pregnancy through Medicaid. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, more than 4,500 women had crossed into the state in 2016 for an abortion – up from approximately 3,200 such abortions the previous year – even before the new law was enacted.
The Associated Press reports that activists on both sides of the abortion debate speculate that more restrictive statutes in surrounding states could be sending more women to Illinois.
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