News broke on Good Friday that Gov. Bruce Rauner would veto House Bill 40 if it crossed his desk. This is the legislation that authorizes the use of taxpayer money to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid recipients and state employees.
Last week, the head of a pro-choice advocacy group called the governor a liar because he had indicated on a 2014 candidate questionnaire that he supported such a use of taxpayer money. Cardinal Cupich of Chicago, who serves as the chairman of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, issued a public thanks to Gov. Rauner for his “principled stand” to veto HB 40.
“Abortion is a controversial issue in this country, but using public money to provide abortions should not be,” Cardinal Cupich stated.
Of course, the Cardinal also said:
“The Holy Father doesn’t have to, in any way, defend a teaching document () of the Church. It’s up to those who have doubts and questions to have conversion in their lives,” Cupich told reporters on Saturday after Pope Francis elevated him to the College of Cardinals.