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Rauner Mum On Abortion Bill

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Collage of two AP photos by J. Scott Applewhite

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

House Bill 40 is designed to strengthen Illinois’ abortion law. Appearing on the WILL daily talk show, The 21st, Rauner had nothing to say about the bill at the moment.

"That bill hasn’t been sent to my desk. They’re playing political games with it," Rauner said. "I don’t really have any comment on it. We’ll talk about it at the appropriate time."

The measure abolishes the "trigger law" which makes abortion illegal in Illinois, should the Supreme Court overturn Roe vs. Wade. The 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 the House Bill 40. But in published reports this week, a governor’s spokesperson now said he is undecided.