Rauner Claims to be Pro-Choice but Funds Anti-Choice Groups and Candidates

…from RealRauner.com:

Bruce Rauner claims that he “doesn’t have a social agenda,” and refuses to tell voters whether or not he supports a woman’s right to access reproductive health care.

However, the Republican billionaire and his wife have donated nearly $1 million to anti-choice, anti-woman political candidates and organizations.

He has given financial support to candidates who advocate for a wide array of restrictions on women’s health care, including “fetal pain” legislation, an anti-choice amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and even an attempt to redefine rape.

Here are some of the people and groups Rauner has donated money to:

  • $700,000 to Donors Trust. Donors Trust funnels money to right-wing conservative groups, including the Judicial Education Project, a group that filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the Hobby Lobby’s right to choose which kinds of health care their female employees can access. [1][2][3]
  • $12,500 to Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty. As governor of Minnesota, Pawlenty signed some of the nation’s most insidious anti-choice legislation, including the Woman’s Right to Know Act, which forces doctors to tell women about abortion risks and alternatives in an effort to deter them from accessing abortion services. Pawlenty also signed the Unborn Child Pain Prevention Act, which gives women scientifically unsound information about “fetal pain” and forces them to choose whether or not to accept medication to prevent this pain during an abortion procedure. [4]
  • $15,600 to former U.S. Representative and Congressional candidate Bobby Schilling. Schilling voted for the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which controversially tried to redefine rape in order to restrict funding for low-income women to access abortion procedures. He also voted for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would limit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. [5]
  • $12,500 to Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman. The former Utah governor publicly favors amending the U.S. Constitution to overturn Roe v. Wade. [6]
  • $20,600 to Illinois State Representative David McSweeney. McSweeney has said he is against abortion even in cases of rape and incest. [7]
  • $15,900 to Illinois State Representative John D. Anthony. Anthony sponsored legislation to force women in Illinois to observe a 24-hour waiting period before they can receive an abortion procedure. [8]

…more details at this link.

imagesGovernor Quinn, on the other hand, has deservedly been called “the most women and child friendly governor in the US“:

Illinois voters would be foolish to take for granted the extraordinary leadership and commitment to women, children and healthy families that Governor Quinn has demonstrated. We are extremely fortunate to have him leading the great state of Illinois. And let’s not forget that. Otherwise, Illinois could end up treating women more like Wisconsin, Texas and Indiana.