Illinois 13th Congressional District Abortion Candidates

Illinois 13th congressional district candidates Nikki Budzinski (D) and Regan Deering (R).

Illinois 13th congressional district candidates Nikki Budzinski (D) and Regan Deering (R).

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Candidates for Illinois’ 13th congressional district shared their plans Thursday on what action they would take — and not take — on abortion if elected in November.

The newly drawn 13th congressional district includes parts of St. Clair, Madison, Champaign, Macon, Piatt, and Sangamon counties and all of Macoupin County. Voters will decide between Democrat Nikki Budzinski and Republican Regan Deering in the Nov. 8 election.

Deering, of Decatur, said in a Belleville Democratic candidate questionnaire that she was a community advocate and philanthropist. Budzinski, of Springfield, is a former senior adviser to Governor JB Pritzker. Neither Budzinski nor Deering ran for public office prior to this race.

Budzinski held a press call Thursday to tout her plans related to abortion rights, which she described as a critically important issue for the district. Deering released a statement following the call in which she described Budzinski’s position as out of touch with the district.

After the Supreme Court struck down constitutional protections granted in the landmark Roe v. Wade case this summer, the public conversation about possible congressional responses has focused on steps to make abortion legal or illegal in the US. national scale.

Deering and Budzinski have said they oppose a national abortion ban.

Deering said the issue should instead be taken up by individual states.

“The problem is now in the states where he belongs,” Deering said Thursday.

Budzinski, on the other hand, wants to codify the right to abortion.

But some legal experts are skeptical that Congress could make abortions legal — or illegal — because of limits on its regulatory authority.

Law professors Alan Morrison and Sonia Suter of George Washington University School of Law wrote last month in a column for The Hill, “there is no serious legal argument that Congress has that power.” .

The BND asked Budzinski’s team to respond to that view, but they did not address it during Thursday’s call. The reporters submitted their questions to Budzinski’s campaign manager, who selected those to ask the candidate.

After the Supreme Court’s decision in June, legislative lawyers from the Congressional Research Service wrote in a report for the Democratic-controlled Congress that it could argue that its power to regulate commerce allowed it to enact laws. relating to abortion. Lawyers acknowledged that this argument could fail in court.

The Congressional Research Service is a federal agency that conducts public policy research for members of Congress.

The lawyers’ report also mentions the possibility of using its spending power to regulate abortion, including requiring states to expand or restrict access to abortion in order to receive federal health care funding.

Over the past two budget cycles, members of Congress have debated a related issue: what to do with the federal Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of taxpayers’ money through the federal Medicaid program to pay for abortions. Medicaid helps cover medical costs for low-income people.

Deering states on her campaign website that she supports reinstating the Hyde Amendment.

“Federal funds should be allocated to women’s health clinics across the country and perhaps considered to support families facing rising costs for adopting a child,” she says on her site. website. Deering was adopted and says the experience shaped her stance on abortion.

Budzinski’s campaign website states that she supports repeal of the Hyde Amendment.

“I think we need to make sure that what we do at the federal level supports women’s access to comprehensive reproductive health care, and so that’s what I will fight for in Congress,” Budzinski said Thursday.

Democrats created new boundaries for the 13th congressional district last year during redistricting. This forced the current incumbent, Republican U.S. Representative Rodney Davis, to run in the newly created 15th congressional district. He lost the GOP primary race to U.S. Representative Mary Miller.

Metro East is home to investigative journalist Lexi Cortes. She grew up in Granite City, graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2014, and now lives in Collinsville. Lexi joined the Belleville News-Democrat in 2014 and has won several state awards for her investigative reporting and community service.
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