The Choice Of Choice: Gov. Candidates On Abortion

Oct 30, 2014

Credit WUIS

Gov. Pat Quinn used the issue of abortion to win votes from suburban women in his election four years ago. This time, his Republican opponent says he's pro-choice. But it's not that cut-and-dry.

Republican nominee Bruce Rauner, like Quinn, classifies himself as pro-choice. He's also said he doesn't have a “social agenda."

That hasn't satisfied Terry Cosgrove, of Personal PAC, which has endorsed Quinn.

"While Bruce Rauner may say he doesn't have a social agenda, that is not true when you look at his actions," Cosgrove said.

Cosgrove points to statements Rauner has made in support of restricting abortions, as well as Rauner's choice of an anti-abortion running mate.  

It's worth noting that Cosgrove has Gov. Quinn to thank for his (in circles, controversial) appointment to the Illinois Human Rights Commission, a part-time post worth $46,960 a year, though the organization Personal PAC, and not Cosgrove personally, has officially endorsed Quinn.

Still, Rauner's stance has likewise frustrated members of the anti -abortion movement.

But the head of Family-PAC, Paul Caprio, says Rauner has his vote, because he'll defend the Illinois law requiring women under 18 to tell their parents before having an abortion.

"It stopped Illinois from continuing to be a dumping ground for teenage abortion, and Mr. Rauner has stated across the state that he supports our parental notice," Caprio said.

Caprio also says Rauner's promise to roll back Illinois' income tax rate is pro-family.