CHICAGO - A new video posted by "Women for Rauner" features U.S. Senator Mark Kirk's reasons for supporting Bruce Rauner for Governor. Senator Kirk does not hide from social issues in his response, he spotlights Bruce Rauner's "pro-choice" position on abortion as a key reason why he believes Bruce Rauner will be a good name near the top to the November ballot.
Bruce Rauner and his wife Diana say he really doesn't have a social agenda. In the video below, Rauner states his "personal beliefs" at a "Women for Rauner" event when asked "What's your opinion on social issues?"
"My personal position - so you know - I support a woman's ability to decide, I support a woman's ability to choose on reproductive rights," he said, "and I'm very much an advocate for broad availability of contraception and a [mumbled] woman's side on reproductive rights."
Rauner also went on to say he's comfortable with Illinois' law legalizing same sex marriage and doesn't want to change it. The "Women for Rauner" audience warmly receives his comments.
The Illinois Republican Party platform states:
II. OUR PARTY’S PHILOSOPHY
A. The cornerstone of our democracy and of the Republican Party is found in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self‐evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” From these principles flow our commitment to Equality, Freedom, and The Right to Life, Opportunity, Less Government, Low Taxes and Strong National Security. The Republican Party is unwavering in its commitment to these principles. We honor the Constitution and believe that neither the Executive, Legislative nor Judicial branches of government should detract from the rights enumerated therein.
And on the issue of life, the Illinois Republican Party's 2012 platform says:
VI. EMBRACING THE FIRST FREEDOM: THE RIGHT TO LIFE
A. that the rights and needs of children begin at conception, the Republican Party of Illinois embraces the Right to Life of innocent unborn children and supports reform proposals protecting that right and limiting the practice of abortion in Illinois.
B. We believe that all innocent human life must be respected and safeguarded from conception to natural death: therefore,
C. The unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life, which cannot be infringed. The Party affirms its support for a human life amendment to the U.S. Constitution and we endorse making clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protection applies to unborn children.
D. We urge the reversal of Roe v. Wade.
E. We affirm our support for the appointment or election of judges at all levels of the judiciary who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of human life.
F. The Illinois Republican Party opposes the fostering of utilitarian experiments which sacrifice human embryos in what appears to be a futile search for medical cures. Such experimentation undermines the right to life of every human being and offends the moral conscience of many taxpayers. We embrace the more fruitful – and completely ethical – avenues of research using cord blood, bone marrow and other adult stem cells, and we note the success of adult stem cell research in treating or curing more than 70 diseases, conditions and injuries.
G. In particular, we call on the Governor and General Assembly to:
� End the taxpayer subsidy for abortion;
� Require a doctor to involve a minor’s parents before aborting her unborn child;
� Outlaw the barbaric practice of partial‐birth abortion; and
� Enact the Illinois Born‐Alive infant Protection Act guaranteeing medical assessment and
appropriate medical care for babies whose birth is incidental to abortion.