SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has defended his decision to present an award at an abortion-rights function as "a proper, Christian thing to do" despite withering criticism from the state's Catholic bishops.
Quinn will recognize Jennie Goodman Nov. 17 at the pro-choice Personal PAC's annual luncheon.
Goodman was raped and is active in speaking out for other victims. Goodman also appeared in a campaign ad last fall criticizing Quinn's opponent for wanting to outlaw abortions with no exceptions for victims of rape or incest.
Quinn is a Catholic Democrat. In Chicago on Thursday he brushed
off the criticism, saying he's following his conscience.
The bishops slammed Quinn for aligning himself with a group they
said supports "the legal right to kill children in their mothers' wombs."
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