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.
As Senate Republicans, our goal is to encourage job growth by developing an efficient, transparent, ethical state government with less regulation and lower taxes. We must leave a legacy of responsible government that will last for generations.