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Gov. Rauner Remains Silent On State Abortion Bill

Phil Masterton / WNIJ

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will comment on an abortion bill once it reaches his desk.

House Bill 40 is designed to strengthen the state’s abortion law. Appearing on The 21st, Rauner only said, "That bill hasn’t been sent to my desk. They’re playing political games with it. I don’t really have any comment on it. We’ll talk about it at the appropriate time."

The measure would abolish the so-called "trigger law" which makes abortion illegal in Illinois if the Supreme Court overturns Roe vs. Wade. A more controversial part of the bill funds abortion through Medicaid for state employees.

Rauner indicated in the past that he would veto all or parts of HB 40. But in published reports this week, a governor’s spokesperson now said he is undecided.