SPRINGFIELD - Some Illinois prolife leaders are angry about the reporting of GOP gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard's 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood in 2003.
Planned Parenthood of Illinois told CapitolFax that the 2003 rating used in the blog post was on one vote during that session: requiring insurance companies to cover contraceptives. Dillard voted in favor of the bill.
Sharee Langenstein, co-chairman of Conservatives for Dillard, blasted the blog, Champion News, saying:
“Champion News is wholly owned by Jack Roeser, who is an open supporter of pro-abortion candidate Bruce Rauner. Rauner and his wife Diana have donated tens of thousands of dollars to pro-choice organizations including Personal PAC and Emily’s List, and Rauner has donated $440,000 to Roeser’s political organizations. We no more trust what Champion News has to say about pro-life candidates than we would trust Planned Parenthood. We demand an apology from Bruce Rauner for this attempt to deliberately mislead pro-life voters through the Champion News blog.”
Dillard, who has been endorsed in the GOP primary by Illinois Citizens for Life and Illinois Federation for Right to Life, has the backing of several longtime prolife leaders including former State Rep. Penny Pullen, Bonnie Quirke, Mary Anne Hackett, Liz Eilers, Sheila Devall, family lobbyist Reverend Bob VandenBosch, Nick Costello, and Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly.
But Illinois' prolife movement isn't in full agreement behind Dillard.
Others, such Illinois prolife leader Jill Stanek, have questioned Dillard's vocal support of embryonic stem cell research and his participation in the 2008 pro-Obama ad and are backing State Senator Bill Brady in the GOP primary.
As of Thursday, there has been no public apology issued from Bruce Rauner or Jack Roeser.