Illinois Lawmakers Nix Budget Funding Abortions

May 29, 2018

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Some Illinois lawmakers are opposing a state budget that includes funding for abortions.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation last year expanding state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions. But there's no funding yet and a group of about 10 mostly Republican House members told a news conference Tuesday they won't support it.

They say they want a floor vote on financing abortions separate from a vote on the budget. But most would not commit to holding up a total state budget plan if they don't get their way.

GOP Rep. Peter Breen of Lombard said he would oppose a state budget that includes abortion funding. He says legislators shouldn't be forced into voting for something that "violates their deepest moral convictions."

The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn Thursday.