Representative Tom Morrison Responds to House Passage of Abortion Expansion Bill

This week in Springfield members of the majority party pushed through a bill that would allow taxpayer funds to be used to pay for abortions for Medicaid recipients and for state workers on state-funded insurance plans. In response to the narrow 62-55 approval of the bill, State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) has issued the following statement:

“My colleagues in the General Assembly already know that I am a pro-life Republican. But HB 40 is not about the legality of abortion. It’s about who’s going to pay for it and it’s about expanding abortion services to allow even more elective abortions during healthy pregnancies.”

“Proponents of HB 40 claim we should be listening to women. Perhaps the most important woman we can listen to on this issue is Jane Roe herself, whose real name is Norma McCorvey. While anonymous at the time of the court proceedings, she became the face of Roe vs. Wade in the 1980s, but by the mid-1990s, her views on abortion changed substantially. She ended up not having an abortion, and testified before the U.S. Congress’ Judiciary Committee in 2005 that she was glad her daughter was born and is alive today.”

“The bill sponsor is trying to paint HB 40 as a protective measure for women if Roe vs. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court. The premise is deceptive because the overturning of Roe vs. Wade is simply not based in reality. Even if it were, individual states would then have to take subsequent legislative action to make abortions illegal.”