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Pro-Choice PAC Seeks Pledges from Rauner, Pritzker to Endorse New Abortion Law

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Pro-choice advocates in Illinois want the candidates for governor to pledge support for a law that expands abortion coverage, and oppose any push to repeal it.

After Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed a law providing abortion coverage under state health insurance and Medicaid - some, like State Representative Jeanne Ives who ran against him on the GOP ticket in the primary - said it showed Rauner’s position on the issue is too liberal.

Rauner had filled out a candidate questionnaire in 2014 where he stated his support for reproductive rights, and State Representative Sara Feigenhotlz – a Chicago Democrat— says that’s what ultimately held him accountable.dorse

“Putting it in writing may seem to others a little too extreme, but it was quite the lift to pass this bill.”

Personal PAC -- a pro-choice group-- will send Rauner and Democratic nominee for governor J.B. Pritzker the written pledge to their home addresses. They have six weeks to respond. I’m DC.

Pritzker’s campaign says “he will definitely sign it”.  Rauner’s has yet to respond.