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A Democratic lawmaker pushing legislation to remove prohibitions on publicly funded abortions in Illinois hopes to call it for a vote as thousands of women converge on the capital to lobby for a "progressive agenda."

Chicago Rep. Sara Feigenholtz's measure would lift restrictions on abortions funded by Medicaid or state employee health insurance.

She says the legislation also is important because it ensures abortion remains on the books in Illinois if the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion is overturned.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he no longer supports expanding abortion coverage for state workers and Medicaid recipients because it's too controversial, and Illinois needs to focus on other issues such as creating jobs.

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Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is opposing legislation that would allow the state to cover abortions for its employees and Medicaid recipients.

  

Eleni Demertzis is Rauner's spokeswoman. She said Friday the governor is committed to protecting women's rights under current law but recognizes the ``sharp divisions of opinion'' on taxpayer-funded abortion coverage.

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New legislation would make the most dramatic changes since the 1970s to Illinois law dealing with abortion.

The prime target is a statute enacted after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision, which legalized abortion nationwide. State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) calls it the "trigger" law.

She says the administration of President Donald Trump is responsible for an awakening in women’s rights.

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Eighteen Illinois women's health organizations have sued Gov. Bruce Rauner over a law requiring pregnancy centers to tell patients about the benefits of abortion despite conscience-based objections.

Thomas Olp is an attorney for the Thomas More Society, which filed the lawsuit Thursday in Sangamon County.

The measure requiring dispensing of abortion information changed a 1977 law allowing health care professionals to refuse to provide services they consider morally objectionable.

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