Bryant 'surprised, disappointed' by Rauner's decision to expand abortion coverage
Citing her religious faith and belief in the rights of the unborn, Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) recently attacked Gov. Bruce Rauner for his signing of a law expanding abortion in Illinois.
In a five-paragraph statement her website, Bryant said Rauner had broken a promise not to sign the bill, which he had made to her and fellow Republican lawmakers just months ago.
“Today’s announcement is a direct contradiction to what I was previously told by both the governor and his staff,” Bryant wrote.
The new law provides for Medicaid and state insurance coverage of abortions for any reason. It also ensures that abortion will remain legal in Illinois if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that made abortions legal nationwide.
"This news is both surprising and highly disappointing," Bryant wrote. "I believe life begins at conception and that no one has a right to take that life. The sanctity of life is the ideal I hold most dear as a Christian, a mother, a grandmother, and as a public official."