I’m Pat Hughes with this week’s Upstream Ideas’ Two Minute Warning.
This week, Democrats in the House passed a bill that forces taxpayers to fund elective abortions.
After nearly two years without a budget, the state has over thirteen billion dollars in unpaid bills and is months behind in paying social service providers and vendors for their work; forcing some to take out loans, put their homes up as collateral, and cut the services they provide.
Democrats, who have caused this mess, are desperate to keep their political base from turning on them.
So, instead of working to solve the fiscal crisis, State Representative Sara Feigenholtz is pushing a political distraction typical of the type of feckless politician that she is.
Feigenholtz and her Democrat House colleagues passed a sixty million dollar expansion of Medicaid and state employee insurance that forces taxpayers to pay for elective abortions, even of healthy unborn babies. Feigenholtz wants to use limited state resources to fund this new mandate.
Governor Rauner---to his credit---has vowed to veto the bill.
I’m pro-life. Morality demands that from me. Morality informed by my life experiences, my Catholic faith and the indisputable science of DNA.
But I realize that other people don’t see it the way I do and consider themselves pro-choice.
But there is some common ground. A strong majority of Americans agree that taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay for abortions against their will. A Knights Of Columbus-Marist Institute poll shows that sixty-two percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion.
Moreover, even if you fall into the significant minority of those who want people like me to pay for abortions against our conscience----WE DON’T HAVE THE MONEY.
And that’s why Governor Rauner is going to veto Feigenholtz’s legislation, even though the Governor is decidedly pro-choice. But that isn’t enough for Sara Feigenholtz. She and her fellow Democrats are looking for a political win. And they will stop at nothing to get it.
They distract. They blame. They divide. They frighten. That’s what they do.
Here is what we do: We stand up to them. It is up to us – all of us – to remove as many of them from State government as we can in 2018. If we don’t, their grip on our money---and our morality---will only tighten.
You’ve been warned.