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Illinois Governor Explains Signing Abortion Bill

CHICAGO (AP) – The Latest on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s signing of enlarged abortion policy (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says that he knows the ethical objections to abortion but signed into law expanded coverage for them since he believes all women should have the same health care choices.

It expands state medical insurance coverage and Medicaid for low-income women to abortions.

But he says his decision Thursday isn’t new. He campaigned in 2014 on support for abortion-coverage growth and he’s generally been in favor of abortion rights.

Signing the law mad conservatives that are already mad that the Democratic-controlled Legislature adopted an income-tax increase last summer in approving a funding over Rauner’s vetoes.

President Donald Trump has pledged to appoint anti-abortion high court justices.

4:15 p.m.

The Republican announced his intentions at a press conference on Thursday and then signed the step privately afterward.

The General Assembly controlled by Democrats approved the measure in May but postponed sending it to Rauner before Monday, in part because he’s changed his mind about assistance of this strategy.

As a candidate in 2014, Rauner stated he would support expanding coverage for abortions. But last April he said he opposed the idea and said the state should concentrate on improving the market.

The law also removes language in Illinois law which says a desire to criminalize abortion if a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing the procedure is overturned. Democrats embraced that provision after President Donald Trump voiced his opposition to abortion

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