The following statement can be attributed to ACLU of Illinois Reproductive Rights Project Director Lorie Chaiten:

We are disappointed and dismayed that Governor Rauner has turned his back on the health care needs of women in Illinois by announcing his opposition to House Bill 40. This measure – which had strong support in the House of Representatives – is a critical opportunity to support the women of Illinois and fight back against reckless threats emanating from Washington, DC. Illinois women need a Governor who will be bold and brave and stand up to the politicians in DC who think they should be able to make health care decisions for a woman – without knowing anything about her life.

The Governor can expect to hear from Illinois women who wanted Illinois officials to take action and to speak out forcefully for equality and justice. Now is the time for the Governor to stand in the background. He should stand with women and to secure essential rights that will protect lives and health.