Freeport. State Representative Brian Stewart released the following statement in reaction to Governor Rauner signing HB 40:
Today Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 40, which provides taxpayer funding for abortions. Using taxpayer money for abortions means that people who hold a sincere moral opposition to abortion will now be forced to pay for them, which essentially takes away choice for all my pro-life constituents, said Rep. Stewart. In a time when Illinois has $15 billion in unpaid bills this is neither the time nor the place to start a new government program estimated to cost tens of millions of dollars. Our state is facing unprecedented challenges, and this bill only adds to those challenges.