Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner may have taken his lack of popularity to new lows.
A few months ago he made Illinois the first state to publicly fund abortions for any reason. Impoverished women and state employees on Jan. 1 will be able to abort at will on the public’s dime.
Conservatives vilified him for breaking his promise to veto the Democrat-sponsored bill. He made that promise after telling voters he was pro-choice.
Then he gave voters even more reason to cherish his leadership by announcing he’s “not in charge,” and implying Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan is.
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Whichever side you are on regarding the abortion debate, you have to wonder about the political calculus behind Rauner’s stance, then promise, then decision to do what not even a Democratic governor who thought it was OK to sell a U.S. Senate seat had dared to do. On top of that, he added this new expense while our state was in financial Armageddon.
The cost: 12,000 babies; anywhere from $2 million to $21 million in new medical costs.
Why take on a new financial burden, especially a politically toxic financial burden? Why be the vanguard of a public policy that nearly 60 percent of our very blue state’s residents oppose as a use of their tax dollars?
Two conservative state senators, Kyle McCarter and Paul Schimpf, filed suit to block the law from taking effect Jan. 1. They joined a dozen anti-abortion groups and the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in the lawsuit.
Rauner in the end may have been true to his pro-choice roots. Voters in the end may use this issue to choose whether to terminate Rauner’s stay in Springfield and find someone who will take charge.