Meier signs onto bill to reverse controversial abortion measure
Rep. Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) has become a co-sponsor of House Bill 4114, also known as the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” in hopes of reversing the recently enacted legislation that forces Medicaid and state insurance to pay for abortions at any time.
Within an hour of its filing, HB4114 received numerous co-sponsors, according to Meier’s website.
“I’m opposed to taxpayer funding of abortions and I support the right to life,” Meier said on his website. “It is estimated that Illinois taxpayers could end up paying 75 percent of the state’s 40,000 annual elective abortions. The state can’t even pay its current bills, we should not spend $30 million in tax dollars on 30,000 abortions annually.”
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the controversial abortion bill that allows for taxpayer-funded abortions for any reason. Prior to the signing of HB40, abortions were covered only in cases of rape, incest, and when the health or life of the mother was in danger.
According to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the average cost for a Medicaid abortion and ancillary services is $1,000.