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To Explain Change On Abortion, Rauner Cites Economic Agenda

Governor Bruce Rauner

Gov. Bruce Rauner Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois

Governor Bruce Rauner was asked Friday why he’s changed his position on an abortion law since the 2014 campaign.

At issue is whether Illinois should repeal a prohibition on using state money for the procedure. The restriction affects state employees and low-income people on government health programs.

Rauner supported repeal in 2014, but now says he’d veto such a measure, calling it “divisive” and “controversial.”

Asked what changed his mind, Rauner did not directly answer. Instead, he listed items on his legislative agenda.

“What we need to do is focus on jobs, we need to focus on reducing property taxes, we need to focus on education funding, we need to focus on getting term limits on elected officials,” he told reporters in Chicago.

State senator and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss responded on Twitter, saying prioritizing term limits over abortion rights is “disgusting.”