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Groups push Gov. Rauner to protect abortion rights

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CHICAGO -- Governor Bruce Rauner praised President Donald Trump's nomination to the Supreme Court, saying on Twitter Judge Brett Kavanaugh has impressive credentials and deserves a fair hearing.

"Wrong again, Governor Rauner," Sen. Heather Steans, (D) Chicago, said Tuesday.

Democratic state lawmakers say the president's pick threatens women's health care, including their right to abortions.

The sponsors of HB 40, an abortion bill signed by the Governor in September, say he needs to fight back.

"At the signing of House Bill 40, he said he always been pro-choice," Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, (D) Chicago, said. "Now here's another chance for him to prove it."

"House Bill 40 also makes sure that women, even if they're poor, will have full access to health care coverage, including abortion services under Medicaid," Steans said.

Rauner signed the bill despite opposition from conservatives in his own party.

Meanwhile, liberal groups like Personal PAC, a committee that funds pro-choice candidates, say the governor took too much time before signing HB 40.

President Terry Cosgrove said Rauner is trying to appeal to both sides.

"He lied to me. He lied to 'personal PAC.' He lied to Jeanne Ives. He lied to the Illinois Family Institute," Cosgrove said. "And he even lied to the Cardinal, and that's quite an accomplishment."

A spokesman for Rauner's campaign says he supports a woman's right to choose and the group's demands are just "pure politics."

"Governor Rauner supports a woman's right to choose and he signed legislation that protects that right in Illinois, regardless of what happens at the federal level," Citizens for Rauner press secretary Alex Browning said. "This is pure politics from a group and politicians aligned with Pritzker seeking to scare women. Democrats need to stop playing politics with this critical issue."

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