Illinois House Resolution Calling Upon the Governor to Veto HB 40 (HR 620)
This law was last updated on Oct 31, 2017
HR 620 calls upon Governor Bruce Rauner to immediately honor his pledge to veto HB 40.
HB 40, which passed both houses on September 25, 2017, would protect the right to choose and expand state funding of abortion.
As reported by Rewire:
HB 40 includes provisions to strike down an existing Illinois “trigger law” that would outlaw abortion in the state if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. The bill expands insurance coverage of abortions in Medicaid and in state health plans. Right now, state Medicaid, the health-care plan for people with low incomes, covers abortions only in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment.
Democrats control both of the state’s legislative chambers, but lack the necessary three-fifths majority needed to override a veto by the governor.
Rauner spokesperson Eleni Demertzis told Rewire the governor is “committed to protecting women’s reproductive rights,” but he recognizes “the sharp divisions of opinion of taxpayer funding of abortion” and “does not support HB 40.”
Despite this house resolution, Governor Rauner signed HB 40 into law on September 28, 2017.