CHICAGO - Following the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, Illinois' powerful pro-abortion organization - Personal PAC - is pressuring Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner and Governor Pat Quinn to answer four questions (below) regarding birth control and abortifacients.
Quinn, who has historically received Personal PAC's endorsement, is likely to have no problem obtaining it again this year. The abortion PAC is an established source of money and votes for the Democrat Party.
Personal PAC's questions, however, put Rauner in a very difficult position -- which is no doubt why they're asking them.
It is well established that the Illinois Republican Party is pro-life. However, its 2014 gubernatorial candidate is pro-choice, as is his wife Diana, who has been a consistent and generous donor to Personal PAC.
That largesse is unlikely to get her husband the endorsement though, because Personal PAC is actually working to suppress GOP votes by executing a time-tested strategy of exploiting the tension that exists between pro-abortion Republicans such as Bruce Rauner, Mark Kirk, Judy Baar Topinka, Tom Cross, etc. ... and the base of the Illinois Republican Party, which is strongly pro-life.
Needless to say, Rauner's response will be highly anticipated by both the left and right.
Unfortunately for him, avoiding the "social agenda" is not an option the left is going to allow him to enjoy much longer.
The road to the governor's mansion is paved with more than dollars and cents. Sign ahead reads: "Rock And A Hard Place".
Personal PAC's questions below (as reported by Rich Miller):
1. Do you OPPOSE the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case?
2. Will you SIGN legislation containing these three provisions in order to reverse the impact of Hobby Lobby in Illinois and protect access to birth control in our state?
- As a result of the serious threat to women’s health from the Hobby Lobby decision, legislation will be introduced in the Illinois General Assembly seeking to (1) require disclosure to current employees and job applicants to ensure that women know whether a particular employer refuses to provide full preventive health care coverage, including birth control; (2) ensure that employers cannot retaliate against employees who make reproductive health care decisions that conflict with the employer’s beliefs; and (3) ensure that low-income women without adequate health insurance coverage have access to affordable birth control through safety net providers.
3. Will you vote “YES” on this ballot question?
- The following referendum will appear on the November 2014 general election ballot: “Shall any health insurance plan in Illinois that provides prescription drug coverage be required to include prescription birth control as part of that coverage?” The purpose of this referendum is to demonstrate strong public support for full access to birth control and for the three provisions described above.
4. Will you publicly state your SUPPORT for the birth control ballot measure?