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Rauner should reconsider his position on abortion bill

Chicago Sun Times

Thursday, April 20, 2017  |  Letter to Editor  |  Rev. Larry Greenfield, co-founder and chair, The Religious Institute

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The Sun-Times story “Gov. Rauner plans to veto abortion-protection, ‘trigger’ bill” [April 14] is shocking news to many Illinoisans, myself included. Gov. Bruce Rauner has said time and again that he supports a woman’s right to make her own decisions about abortion, but those decisions are meaningless if a woman can’t afford the care she needs.

Because the governor mentioned public opinion, he may be interested in a poll from Hart Research Associates that shows 86 percent of voters nationwide agree “however we feel about abortion, politicians should not be allowed to deny a woman’s health coverage because she is poor.”

If Rauner is truly “committed to protecting women’s reproductive rights,” I hope he’ll reconsider his position. As a person of faith, I believe women in our state should be treated with dignity, compassion, and respect — and that means ending bans on insurance coverage for abortion.

Rev. Larry Greenfield, co-founder and chair,
The Religious Institute