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Governor Rauner Signs Pro-Abortion HB40

UPDATE: Governor Rauner has signed House Bill 40 in to public act on September 28th.   It is effective June 1st, 2018. In a press confe...

October 20, 2017

Pro-abort Facebook exec slams Twitter for censoring pro-life ad

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, paid for a campaign ad on Twitter that was suppressed for being “inflammatory.” The Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (pictured) lashed out against rival Twitter for its censorship and told Axios that Twitter decision-makers should not have banned a senate candidate’s ad.

Blackburn’s ad said, “I fought Planned Parenthood and we stopped the sale of baby body parts, thank God.” She also said she is “100 percent pro-life.”

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October 19, 2017

TV Show ‘The Good Doctor’ Surprised Us With This Beautiful Pro-Life Stance

The Good Doctor
On Monday night, the new ABC medical drama series, The Good Doctor, told the story of a woman with a high-risk pregnancy determined to give birth to her baby despite doctors’ recommendations that she abort.

The episode ended, against all odds, with a successful, life-affirming outcome. How refreshing, in an age when pro-abortion storylines are so frequently worked into television scripts, to see a pro-life message win out.



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Daughter of pro-abortion billionaire George Soros gives Planned Parenthood political arm $500,000

Andrea Soros Colombel
The daughter of pro-abortion billionaire George Soros has cut a half-billion dollar check to “Planned Parenthood Votes,” the New York-based Super PAC affiliated with Planned Parenthood.

Schoffstall says that according to FEC records, Andrea Soros Colombel made the $500,000 donation on August 1. Two additional important details put the contribution in context.

    “The donation accounts for more than a quarter of the money that the group has raised so far this year, which shows $1.7 million in contributions between January and the end of August.” And
   
    “Andrea’s contribution was the only one the group received throughout the entire month of August. Only 11 other donors have given to the group this year.”

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Acknowledging that pain-capable legislation is strongly supported by women and men

Unborn Babies Feel Pain
Of all the pro-abortion myths recycled by a compliant media, few are as egregiously off the mark and as damaging as the insistence that the pro-life position is some outlier. If you were silly enough to believe what you read in the Washington Post and the New York Times, you would think pro-life legislation, such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, is widely opposed by substantial majorities of Americans.

The truth is the exact opposite!

Which may be one reason that when the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act passed the House of Representatives 237-189, for the major television networks it was like the proverbial tree in the forest that none of them heard fall. As Katie Yoder of Newsbusters informed us

During their Oct. 4 morning news shows, ABC, CBS and NBC didn’t mention the vote once. But they found time for others topics like fall fashion deals (NBC Today), a new drama starring Actress Connie Britton (ABC Good Morning America) and puppy-related infections (CBS This Morning).

There the usual hit pieces in the Post and the Times and the rest of usual suspects. But then, miracles of miracles, there was this story that appeared in the October 4 Washington Post under the headline, “Most GOP lawmakers support banning late-term abortions — and so do a lot of women.”

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Pro-abort Billionaire George Soros gives $18 billion to make pro-abortion foundation the second richest in U.S.

George Soros
George Soros, the billionaire who funds left-wing activism worldwide, gave $18 billion to the Open Society Foundations which was the “bulk of his wealth,” the Wall Street Journal reported. The LA Times said this transfer of money has made the pro-abortion foundation “into one of the world’s largest philanthropic organizations” making it the second richest U.S. charity.

Soros is an “ATM for the abortion providers,” Liz Yore, director of La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana, told the International Conference on Population Control. He has given “decades-long financial support (to) the enemies of life” and to movements that use environmental advocacy to mask their true goal of reducing the world’s population.

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Judge rules to allow illegal immigrant minor to abort her baby immediately

U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan
UPDATE: A judge has temporarily prevented a minor in the U.S. illegally from obtaining an abortion until another hearing takes place on Friday.
The Trump administration appealed U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan’s Wednesday ruling that an illegal immigrant minor in the government’s custody be allowed to abort her baby “promptly and without delay.”

Obama-appointed U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan ordered the government to allow an illegal immigrant 17 year old minor from Mexico in its custody to abort her preborn child “promptly and without delay.”

Justice Department lawyers argued the government has “strong and constitutionally legitimate interests in promoting childbirth, in refusing to facilitate abortion, and in not providing incentives for pregnant minors to illegally cross the border to obtain elective abortions while in federal custody.”

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October 18, 2017

There is a good deal of Misinformation about Assisted Suicide

Elderly Patient
Supporters promote doctor-assisted suicide as the “gentle" way for people to ease out of this life and rid themselves of the problems they face, including terminal diseases.

However, Rita Marker of the Patients Rights Council says there have been reports of discomfort, nausea, vomiting, people waking up, and others not dying until several days after taking a lethal dose, although reports from states such as California and Washington seem to reflect otherwise.

“All of the reports [from California and Washington] are from the prescribing doctors who actually are not there [with the patient],” says Marker. 

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October 17, 2017

Department of Justice announces settlement in HHS mandate suits

Gavel with Lady Liberty
A week after issuing new religious freedom guidelines to all administrative agencies in the federal government, the U.S. Department of Justice has settled with more than 70 plaintiffs who had challenged the controversial HHS contraceptive mandate.

The Oct. 13 agreement was reached between the government and the law firm Jones Day, which represented more than 70 clients fighting the mandate. Made public Oct. 16, the agreement states that the plaintiffs would not be forced to provide health insurance coverage for “morally unacceptable” products and procedures, including contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs.

“This settlement brings to a conclusion our litigation challenging the Health and Human Services’ mandate obliging our institutions to provide support for morally objectionable activities, as well as a level of assurance as we move into the future,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. in an Oct. 16 letter to priests of the archdiocese.

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October 16, 2017

President Trump tells pro-life audience he has kept this promises

Donald Trump 2017 Values Voter Summit
In a speech to the 2017 Values Voter Summit frequently punctuated by loud applause, President Donald Trump laid out a litany of promises that he said he had made and kept.

“Some of those promises are to support and defend the Constitution. I appointed and confirmed a Supreme Court Justice in the mold of the late, great Justice Antonin Scalia, the newest member of the Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch,” the President said to a standing ovation at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“To protect the unborn, I have reinstated a policy first put in place by President Ronald Reagan, the Mexico City Policy. (Applause.) “We cherish the sacred dignity of every human life.” (Applause.)

“To protect religious liberty, including protecting groups like this one, I signed a new executive action in a beautiful ceremony at the White House on our National Day of Prayer which day we made official,” Mr. Trump added.

In addition, “We have also taken action to protect the conscience rights of groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor.”

The President was alluding to HHS’s announced interim final rule changes to the ObamaCare and HHS coverage mandate that would protect moral and religious rights of conscience.

“Rights of conscience are extremely important to the right-to-life movement to protect medical professionals, religious institutions and employers from being forced to participate in abortion,” said NRLC President Carol Tobias. “We commend President Trump for keeping his campaign promises by supporting these rights of conscience. These rule changes will help promote a policy that protects pro-life rights of conscience with regard to abortion.”

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Vision 2020 - Week 34 - Senator Mattie Hunter (D) and Senator Iris Y. Martinez (D)

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Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.
--A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Vision 2020 - week 34 - Senator Mattie Hunter (D) and Senator Iris Y. Martinez (D)

Vision 2020 and the Illinois Federation for Right to Life would like to invite you to join us in praying for our state legislators.  We will send out information about a couple different state representatives each week for you to pray over.

Consider sharing this information with your ministry partners, your church family, on your website and/or your Facebook page.

We know that prayer changes things.  And we know that NOTHING is impossible with God. So let's join our hearts and voices together and petition heaven on behalf of the great state of Illinois!

Some of our legislators need prayer that God will open their eyes and change their hearts (or move them out of their positions) and some need prayers that they will have the strength, courage and boldness to be able to stand firmly against the opposition as they fight for life and family values.

October 13, 2017

Renewed Push to Pass ERA in Illinois

Stop the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)
There is a renewed push to pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the Illinois veto session that begins on October 24th, 2017.  Supporters of the ERA are targeting legislators and threatening to run candidates against them in the upcoming elections if they don't vote for the ERA. 

To counter these tactics, your Illinois state legislators need to hear from you.  They need to hear your continued encouragement for them to vote against the ERA, and they need to know you will support them if they vote no on the ERA.  Please remind them that the poorly worded ERA will harm women, harm our unborn children, and harm our society.

The ERA will harm our unborn children by overturning all restrictions on abortions and mandating taxpayer funding for elective medicaid abortions.  

Please contact your state legislator and state representative by phone and email and encourage them to vote no on the ERA (Bill #SJRCA0004).  If they have previously told you they will vote against the ERA, please contact them and encourage them to stay firm in their conviction to vote against the ERA.  Let them know you will support them in their no vote and in the elections.

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Department of Health and Human Service may define human life as ‘beginning at conception’

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a draft of its new strategic plan for 2018-2022, and with the addition of a few small words, it’s clear that there is a major change.

Formerly, the document stated the following in its introductory information:

    HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving Americans at every stage of life.

The new edition now states this:

    HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception.

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October 12, 2017

Media forced to admit Trump is right about horrific U.S. abortion laws

Donald Trump
The mainstream media pounced on President Donald Trump after he stated in announcing his support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on October 2: 

    “The United States is currently out of the mainstream in the family of nations, in which only 7 out of 198 nations allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The Washington Post decided to fact check the president. Their conclusion? He is "backed by data."

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Ruling May Create a Right to Abortion for Anyone on Earth who Enters the U.S. Illegally

Federal District Judge Laurel Beeler
UPDATE: U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler dismissed a request by the ACLU for a temporary restraining order to force HHS to either transport an undocumented pregnant 17-year-old teen to an abortion clinic or allow here to be taken there. Click here for more

Federal District Judge Laurel Beeler is hearing an emergency request from the ACLU of Northern California to order the Office of Refugee Resettlement to allow a pregnant undocumented teenager–“Jane Doe”–to leave ORR custody to have an abortion.

The ACLU’s request for a temporary restraining order allowing the abortion to go forward is opposed by the Trump Administration, Ken Paxton, the attorney general of Texas, and six other attorneys general—from Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.

“No federal court has ever declared that unlawfully-present aliens with no substantial ties to this country have a constitutional right to abortion on demand,” Paxton said. “If ‘Doe’ prevails in this case, the ruling will create a right to abortion for anyone on earth who enters the U.S. illegally. And with that right, countless others undoubtedly would follow. Texas must not become a sanctuary state for abortions.”

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October 11, 2017

Senator: 60-vote rule protects pro-life agenda

Senator Lindsey Graham
The House last week passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) by a vote of 237-189, sending the bill to the Senate where it will take 60 votes even to consider the measure. While proponents of the bill want to change the filibuster policy so only a majority vote will be required, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) (pictured) explained during a press conference why he's opposed to doing so.

"The best way to protect the pro-life issue and to pass this bill is to build consensus and get 60 votes," stated the senator. "And I can tell you that during the Obama years, there was a pretty radical pro-abortion agenda that was stopped time and time again because of the 60-vote requirement."

"So we're trying to convince the courts that legislative bodies like the Congress and at the state level have a legitimate and compelling state interest to protect a child at the fifth month of development from excruciating pain that would come from an abortion," he stated.

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Why did Twitter reject this pro-life ad?

Twitter
A political advertisement for pro-life Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has been blocked by Twitter for statements about Planned Parenthood selling fetal body parts for medical research.

“I’m 100 percent pro-life. I fought Planned Parenthood, and we stopped the sale of baby parts, thank God,” Blackburn says in her video.

Twitter blocked the ad, telling the Blackburn campaign that the comment was “deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction.”

The tech company said the advertisement would be reinstated if the comment was removed.

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October 10, 2017

New survey paints false picture of webcam abortions

Web Abortion
The study was conducted by Daniel Grossman and Kate Grindlay of the University of California-San Francisco. UCSF has continued to produce studies generally in support of abortion, but those studies have repeatedly proven to be highly flawed, according to Dr. Randall K. O'Bannon of the National Right to Life Committee.

O'Bannon tells OneNewsNow that in the UCSF group's latest research, the authors checked hospital emergency rooms for women suffering complications from webcam abortions.

Nat'l Right to Life Committee (NRLC)"With data from all the emergency rooms, they should have been able to find out if a woman showed up at the emergency room with hemorrhaging, an infection, or something like that," he explains. "But only about a third of the ERs responded to their survey. So they're missing data from a whole lot of them, raising a lot of issues."

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Bad News for Milwaukee’s Most Vulnerable

Why does Planned Parenthood need tax payer money again?
The terrible news broke Friday afternoon: Planned Parenthood will open a new, $8 million, state-of-the-art abortion facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Tuesday, October 10th. Adding to this shocking news is the fact that the abortion giant is paying for the new killing center entirely with private donations.

The new facility will be located in Milwaukee’s trendy Third Ward, home to some of the city’s most expensive real estate. In addition, the 12,000-square-foot clinic will feature an expanded waiting room, more exam and consultation rooms than their existing Milwaukee facility, as well as areas for women and children. Children can relax and play in comfort while a little brother, sister, cousin, or friend loses their life only a few feet away.

Yet again, this leaves us with just one question: Why does Planned Parenthood need taxpayer money?

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October 9, 2017

David Daleiden: More Planned Parenthood baby parts videos coming ‘very soon’

David Daleiden
The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) will soon release “some of the most damning and incriminating tapes that we ever recorded,” the man who led its undercover investigation into Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby body parts said Thursday.  David Daleiden, project lead at CMP, told viewers of a Thursday night webcast, “Close to half of the video footage that I ever gathered still has never seen the light of day.”

The abortion industry is “terrified of the remaining video tapes coming to light,” he continued. “They know that their true motives, their true actions … the way that they run their abortion practice (is) exposed on those tapes.”

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Trump administration will protect religious liberty and takes positive steps regarding abortion-covering insurance plans

Department of Health and Human Services
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a bulletin through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reiterating that qualified health plan issuers must segregate collected premiums to pay for abortion coverage; that enrollees be informed if abortions are covered by a qualified health plan; and that HHS intends to fully enforce these requirements as a step toward ensuring that federal tax dollars are not used to subsidize coverage for elective abortion.

A 2014 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) provided dismaying confirmation of earlier predictions by National Right to Life that federally subsidized abortion coverage would become a widespread feature of Obamacare. The report found that more than one thousand federally subsidized exchange plans covered elective abortion. The GAO findings validated previous charges by National Right to Life that the federal taxpayer is subsidizing the purchase of abortion-covering plans on a massive scale.

Additionally, HHS announced interim final rule changes to the Affordable Care Act and HHS coverage mandate that would protect moral and religious rights of conscience.

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Vision 2020 - Week 33 - Sen. Antonio Munoz (D) and Sen. Ira Silverman (D)

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The LORD watches over you--
the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
Psalm 121:5-6


Vision 2020 and the Illinois Federation for Right to Life would like to invite you to join us in praying for our state legislators.  We will send out information about a couple different state representatives each week for you to pray over.

Consider sharing this information with your ministry partners, your church family, on your website and/or your Facebook page.

We know that prayer changes things.  And we know that NOTHING is impossible with God. So let's join our hearts and voices together and petition heaven on behalf of the great state of Illinois!

Some of our legislators need prayer that God will open their eyes and change their hearts (or move them out of their positions) and some need prayers that they will have the strength, courage and boldness to be able to stand firmly against the opposition as they fight for life and family values.

October 5, 2017

New record low U.S. fertility rate

According to recent data from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the U.S. fertility rate sank to a record low of 62.0 births per 1,000 women of reproductive age in 2016.  The last year of the Obama administration saw the fertility rate fall to an all-time low.

This was a slight decrease from the 2015 fertility rate which stood at 62.5. The downward trend is not showing signs of stopping either. According to NCHS preliminary estimates, fertility slumped even lower to 61.5 in the first quarter of 2017.

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The “other” abortion clinics that perform 2/3rds of all abortions

Graphc of the percentage of abortion s performed by provider type
When it comes to abortion clinics, the big name has always been Planned Parenthood, easily the nation’s largest abortion chain, performing 35% of all abortions in the United States. But that still leaves about two thirds of abortions unaccounted for. Who are those other guys who snuff out the lives of hundreds of thousands of babies each year?

Tired of being in Planned Parenthood’s long shadow and obviously not entirely happy that they don’t have the slick marketing or the big budget of the abortion giant, several of the nation’s self-identified “independent abortion clinics” (they call themselves “indies”) have joined together as the “Abortion Care Network” to issue a report on their work titled “Communities Need Clinics: The Role of Independent Abortion Care Providers in Ensuring Meaningful Access to Abortion Care in the United States.”  That report can be found here.

According to the report, “independent abortion care providers” comprise 25% of the abortion facilities in the country but perform 60% of the abortions in the U.S. (Besides the 35% performed by Planned Parenthood, the report says 4% are performed in hospitals and 1% in physician’s offices.) Another way of saying it, they want us to know that “3 in 5 people who have an abortion get care from independent abortion care providers.”

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‘Love Saves Lives’ announced as the 2018 March for Life Theme

March for Life Logo
The March for Life, the world’s largest annual human rights demonstration, will be held on January 19, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

It was announced at a press conference Tuesday, that the 2018 theme will be, “Love Saves Lives.”

“Choosing life is not always easy, but it is the loving, empowering, and self-sacrificial option,” said Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life. “Love is universally attractive because it is directed towards others. Love is what we all strive for because deep-down we are all drawn to give of ourselves in this way. Love saves lives in countless ways,” she added.

Click here for the March for Life website

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Rallying to save David Daleiden from Prison for exposing Planned Parenthood

David Daleiden
Pro-life leaders are rallying to save pro-life activist David Daleiden from massive fines and a prison sentence. Daleiden was targeted with legal action from the abortion industry for his exposé of Planned Parenthood that allegedly caught the abortion giant selling body parts from aborted babies for profit. 

Pro-life leaders are holding a live video webcast on Thursday evening (October 5) to update the public about what they say is a “huge, new breakthrough” in the case that they hope will help Daleiden win his legal battle against the abortion giant.

Click here for the live video webcast

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The U.S. Senate will soon be tackling Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Ultrasound Image
On Tuesday, the House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) on a 237-189 vote, forwarding the measure to the Senate where passage could be difficult due to the filibuster rule.

Under the filibuster rule, it will take 60 votes just to advance the bill for debate and a vote. That presents a major challenge in the Senate where Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority. But according to Nance, that's not dissuading some pro-lifers in the Senate.

There have been conversations among senators about changing the filibuster rule so that only 51 votes will be needed to ban the late-term abortions, but no formal plans have been announced as yet.

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UN uses twisted logic to promote abortion

Surgical Instruments
The United Nations International Safe Abortion Day has passed, but as Brian Clowes of Human Life International reveals, it was promoted by the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

"Their experts agree unanimously that abortion should be legalized worldwide,” Clowes says. "This is just one of their sneaky tricks. They only pick pro-abortion experts. They prohibit and ban pro-lifers from being on their committees or even testifying before their committees."

Clowes says the World Health Organization acknowledges that there are 56 million abortions annually worldwide and also admits that 45 percent of them are unsafe.  But they automatically classify all legal abortions as safe.

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October 4, 2017

Scientific Evidence shows that Babies can feel the abortionist ripping them apart

3d Ultrasound
Abortion supporters say it’s “pseudoscience” and “fake science” that five-month-old babies in the womb feel pain as they are torn apart and/or injected with a poison called digoxin to stop their beating hearts. The “junk science” smear often comes from abortionists themselves or organizations that explicitly support abortion with few or no limits.

But the basic science of embryology and mainstream medical research prove that babies can feel pain at 20 weeks. Some of this research even suggests that babies at that age feel pain more acutely than adults.

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National Right to Life Urges Action to repeal IPAB

Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)
The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) is composed of 15 unelected bureaucrats who are answerable to no one. The Board is directed to recommend measures to limit private, nongovernmental spending on health care to a growth rate below medical inflation. Although most news reports have focused on the Board’s authority to limit government spending in Medicare, little attention has been given to this more sweeping danger of rationing healthcare paid for with nongovernmental dollars.

IPAB’s powers go well beyond some benign effort to control Medicare spending. IPAB would recommend drastic limits for the Department of Health and Human Services to impose on what Americans are allowed to spend out of their own funds to save their own lives and the lives of their families.

Given this extraordinary power and an apparent disregard for the sanctity of life, it is not surprising that some have dubbed IPAB a “death panel.”

Legislation to permanently repeal IPAB has bipartisan support in both chambers in this and former Congresses. Currently, there is bipartisan legislation (H.R.849/S. 260 Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2017) which would repeal the IPAB.

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U.S. House Passes Legislation to Protect Pain-Capable Unborn Children

U.S. House Passes Pain-Capable Unborn Protection Act H.R. 36
With the support of a vast majority of House Republicans, and due to the pro-life dedication of the House Republican leadership, the U.S House of Representatives today passed landmark legislation, 237-189, to extend federal protections to unborn children who have reached 20 weeks fetal age, and those who are born alive during late abortions.

The bill is based on model legislation developed by National Right to Life in 2010, and enacted thus far in 16 states.

"This bill would save thousands of unborn babies annually from terribly painful deaths," said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. "It is now clear that the overwhelming majority of House Democrats believe that painfully dismembering babies, in the sixth month and later, is just fine – now let them try to explain that to their constituents."

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act has been among the right-to-life movement's top congressional priorities for the 115th Congress. Like the state bills, the proposed federal law would generally extend legal protection to unborn humans beginning at 20 weeks fetal age, based on congressional findings that by that point (and even earlier) the unborn child has the capacity to experience great pain during an abortion.

Jennifer Popik, J.D., legislative director for National Right to Life, added, "These are very developed babies – these babies are capable of feeling pain and are considered by the medical profession to be a second patient. This legislation has saved lives, driving out abortionists from states performing abortions on these babies. And this legislation has the power to speak to the people of this country, highlighting, that where this bill is not law, it is legal to kill these very developed unborn children"

National Right to Life's "Key Points on the Federal Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36)" is available at: www.nrlc.org/uploads/fetalpain/KeyPointsOnPCUPA.pdf

In a nationwide poll of 1,623 registered voters in November 2014, the Quinnipiac University Poll found that 60% would support a law such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks, while only 33% opposed such legislation. Women voters split 59-35% in support of such a law, while independent voters supported it 56-36%.

Some of the extensive evidence that unborn children have the capacity to experience pain, at least by 20 weeks fetal age, is available on the NRLC website at www.nrlc.org/abortion/fetalpain and also here: www.doctorsonfetalpain.com.

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October 3, 2017

International Planned Parenthood Federation Performs Over One Million Abortions in 2016, Report Shows

One of the world’s most extensive and prolific abortion networks has passed a tragic milestone. In 2016, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), for the first time reported in its history, aborted more than one million unborn baby boys and girls in a single year.

The final death toll for 2016: 1,094,679 children lost through surgical or chemical abortion roughly the equivalent of the population of Austin, Texas.

IPPF also performed an additional 3.6 million abortion-related activities including abortion counseling, consultation, and diagnostic procedures. The figures were recently released in IPPF’s Annual Performance Report 2016.

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Trump agrees unborn babies as young as 20 weeks be protected from abortion

#theyfeelpain
While Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner heads in the direction of making abortions easier to obtain and cost little or nothing for low income women in Illinois, President Donald Trump and the U.S. House is heading in the opposite direction.

Governor Rauner and Illinois Democrats passed into law legislation requiring state taxpayers to fund abortions with no restrictions as to how far the pregnancy is along or any other reason.

The U.S. House is moving along H.R. 36, the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act."

Trump's office issued the following statement Monday:
H.R. 36 Statement of Administration



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October 2, 2017

Congressmen condemn assisted suicide: ‘Puts everyone at risk of deadly harm’

A pro-assisted suicide protester shouts at Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio.
A bipartisan group of Congressmen introduced a “Sense of Congress” resolution condemning physician-assisted suicide on Wednesday.  This type of resolution neither creates a law nor is enforceable. It is a way for members of Congress to express an opinion.

Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, introduced the resolution, which warns that physician-assisted suicide “puts everyone, including those most vulnerable, at risk of deadly harm and undermines the integrity of the healthcare system.”

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IL governor 'done' after signing abortion bill

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner
A state law has banned taxpayer-funded abortions for three decades and Rauner has caused an uproar after stating publicly he would refuse to sign the bill.

Not only does the new law fund abortions with public funding, says David Smith of the Illinois Family Institute, but is will add an estimated 15,000 abortions annually to the 40,000 abortions performed in The Prairie State annually.

The law doesn't require Illinois residency, says Smith, so predictably it will draw women from all over the Midwest to travel to Illinois.

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HB 40's effective date bit of a controversy

Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Governor Rauner has signed HB 40 into law Thursday, but there's a controversy brewing as to when it will go into effect, the Legislative Information Systems office is telling Illinois Review.

Since it was not sent tao the governor before or on May 31st, the bill would normally then not go into effect until June 1 of the following year.

But Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office is saying that since it passed both the House and the Senate by May 10th - before May 31st - it should go into effect January 1st of 2018.

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Vision 2020 - Week 32 - Senator Dave Syverson (R) and Senator Karen McConnaughay (R)

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"Whoever goes to the Lord for safety,
whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty,  can say to him,

"You are my defender and protector.
You are my God; in you I trust.""
Psalm 91:1-2


Vision 2020 and the Illinois Federation for Right to Life would like to invite you to join us in praying for our state legislators.  We will send out information about a couple different state representatives each week for you to pray over.

Consider sharing this information with your ministry partners, your church family, on your website and/or your Facebook page.

We know that prayer changes things.  And we know that NOTHING is impossible with God. So let's join our hearts and voices together and petition heaven on behalf of the great state of Illinois!

Some of our legislators need prayer that God will open their eyes and change their hearts (or move them out of their positions) and some need prayers that they will have the strength, courage and boldness to be able to stand firmly against the opposition as they fight for life and family values.

September 29, 2017

Reactions to Gov. Rauner Signing HB40

The following are responses to Governor Rauner signing House Bill 40 into Public Act.  The act is effective starting June 1st, 2018.  For more on House Bill 40 please click here.


Representative Joe Sosnowski made the following statement in response to Governor Bruce Rauner’s announcement about HB40:

“For years, the Governor campaigned as a candidate who would "shake up Springfield" by focusing on the financial disaster that this state had become... and still is.  He said that we would leave the social issues alone and focus on what needs to be done to fix this state economically and grow jobs to make Illinois a better place to live and work.”

Rep. Sosnowski further commented, “Most tragically HB 40 will increase abortions. We try so hard to value and preserve life at all stages, yet this bill makes it easier to dismiss the innocent unborn who are our future...and it will cost the state more money. The Governor promised to veto HB 40 in the public, in the press, and in private. I am extremely disappointed in the Governor's actions in supporting this bill, in deceiving so many about his goals as Governor, and in his outright lie about this bill.”

Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti released the following statement:

“As a pro-life Republican, I disagree with the Governor’s decision to sign HB 40. I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for a 15-year-old refugee who chose to have me and keep me.

“I realize this bill is a political ploy to divide the people of Illinois. While I disagree with the Governor on this, we must focus on our areas of agreement – enacting real reforms we need to turn Illinois around.”

From State Representative Allen Skillicorn:

"Today, after promising not to do so, Governor Rauner signed HB40 into law--a bill that forces taxpayers to fund abortions. There are many things this law will ensure.  It will ensure that Illinois taxpayers will be paying $30M more in Medicaid they cannot afford.  It will ensure that thousands of babies will be aborted.  It will ensure that no one will trust the commitments made by this Governor. And, finally, it will ensure that Rauner serves only one-term."

State Rep. Breen reaction to Rauner's signing HB40:

"...I’ve heard Rauner promise the people of Illinois that he had “no social agenda” and as such firmly commit to legislators, the public, and even to Chicago’s Cardinal, Blaise Cupich, that he would veto taxpayer funding of abortions. But he has now broken that commitment, signing a bill that puts taxpayers on the hook to pay for an expected 20,000-30,000 aborted lives per year. And without any source of funding, in the throes of an unbalanced budget. Now, I’ve come to expect politicians to shade the truth, but what’s clear today is that Rauner’s promises were just flat out lies...

In the face of overwhelming evidence of Rauner’s inability to competently administer the Illinois government, inability to stand up to Mike Madigan effectively, and inability to keep his word and his commitments, I can no longer support him. And whether or not they are able to agree publicly, I know hundreds of elected Republicans, along with hundreds of thousands of Republican voters, who feel the same way I do.”

State Rep. Jeanne Ives released a statement following Gov. Rauner's announcement that he would sign HB40:

"The Governor's decision to break his promise and sign taxpayer funded abortion on-demand is a profound and unprecedented betrayal beyond words. This is a tragic day for everyone who values the sanctity of life. The Governor's action today makes Illinois the first state in country to mandate taxpayer funding of abortion under Medicaid at any time, for any reason as a result of signing legislation into law. This is a total failure of leadership."

Former Congressman and radio talk show host Joe Walsh blasted Gov. Rauner for his decision to sign HB40. He also took aim at Republicans who have backed, and continued to back, the Governor.

"Will those Republicans who feign 'disappointment' continue to back Rauner?" Walsh asked. "Who will finally have the courage to do what is right?" he said.

After Governor Rauner signed HB 40 Thursday, Family PAC's Paul Caprio issued a statement 180 degrees opposite of his position just before the November 2014 election.

"Bruce Rauner declared war on the pro-family movement, Illinois taxpayers, and the most basic values of the Republican party.

No serious conservative of any type can consider ever voting for Bruce Rauner again."

State Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) called "unconscionable" Governor Rauner's decision today to signed legislation (HB 40) allowing for state funding of all abortions regardless of the reason. In a statement he said the decision was the ultimate betrayal of trust of the majority of Illinois citizens who oppose the destruction of unborn children.

“Governor Bruce Rauner gave us his word in the Spring that he would veto this legislation if it were sent to him,” Morrison said. “In the last several weeks, as he indicated a reconsideration of that position, Republican legislators and allies offered to accept an Amendatory Veto, but he rejected those ideas. If this legislation is really about the right to choose – then what about my constituents who deserve to have the right to choose not to have their tax dollars used to fund the killing of unborn children? This is a tragic day for Illinois.”

Catholic Conference of Illinois gave this statement:

"Governor Rauner, together with the legislators who voted for this misguided legislation, will now force Illinois taxpayers to pay for the taking of human life, in this case that of a defenseless child in the womb. We remain dedicated to advocating for the dignity and sanctity of human life from conception to natural death and will work to convince the public and our elected officials about the grave moral error this legislation represents."

State Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) issues the following statement regarding the signing of House Bill 40:

“Words cannot express my profound disappointment of the Governor’s decision to sign House Bill 40, which dramatically expands taxpayer funded abortions across the state.

“Taxpayers should not be forced to fund something as controversial and culturally divisive as abortions. Likewise, there is no good reason for taxpayers to be on the hook for someone else’s personal decision..."

State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner announcing on Sept. 28 that he will sign House Bill 40 (HB 40) into law:

“Gov. Rauner’s decision to sign legislation that will now force taxpayers to pay for all abortions, for any reason, for those on Medicaid and who are state employees, is beyond disappointing.

This is a significant change from a national policy that taxpayer dollars do not fund elective abortions."

This from the President of the Illinois Federation of Republican Women:

"As the president of the largest Republican women's organization in the state of Illinois, it is disappointing that Governor Bruce Rauner signed HB 40 without heeding the guidance of our organization and its members. An organization that values life. Not only is this bill contentious by all accounts, but the fiscal ramifications of the bill are still unknown. The focus should be on guiding Illinois to a solid fiscal footing; instead, democrats continue to push divisive policies that endanger our state and its fiscal viability."

Statements were originally posted by Illinois Review

CatholicVote.org Calls on Governor Rauner to Resign

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President Brian Burch called on Gov. Bruce Rauner to resign for signing H.B. 40 and breaking his promise to voters

“Gov. Bruce Rauner made a promise to the voters of Illinois that he would focus on the fiscal mess in Illinois and remain neutral on social issues. Many Republican and conservative voters took him at his word and helped him win election in 2014. Given his decision today to authorize taxpayer funding for abortion for any reason, he can no longer be trusted and should step down as Governor.

“The Governor gave his word to legislators earlier this year and vowed to veto this legislation.  Further, he promised the Cardinal Archbishop that he would not sign the bill. And just this week the entire Republican congressional delegation in Congress wrote to urge him to veto the bill.  He chose instead to betray his political allies and friends. There is no sugarcoating the fact that he has lost the trust and confidence of the Republican Party in Illinois.

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September 28, 2017

Governor Rauner Signs Pro-Abortion HB40

UPDATE: Governor Rauner has signed House Bill 40 in to public act on September 28th.   It is effective June 1st, 2018.

In a press conference on Thursday, Governor Rauner has stated that he would indeed sign House Bill 40, ensuring that the tax-paying residents of Illinois will be paying for the killing of innocent lives. This bill provides taxpayer funding of abortion and ensures that abortion remains legal in Illinois despite what the Supreme Court of the United States may decide regarding Roe v. Wade. This bill has the potential to reverse almost every pro-life effort made in Illinois expands taxpayer funding of abortions - for any reason.

During the press conference, Governor Rauner confirmed that he is, always has been and always will be Pro-Abortion.  The Illinois Federation for Right to Life is not surprised.

State Representative David McSweeney told us that "On April 14th, Governor Rauner promised Illinois citizens he would veto HB40, which would expand state funding for Abortions."  The Governor turned his back on his party and failed to keep his word.

Illinois is a bankrupt state.  Our governor now adds the cost of abortions to the enormous debt.  Taxpayers are already reeling from the legislature raising Illinois' state income tax by 32%. State Rep. David McSweeney also told us that "In 2014, Bruce Rauner promised Illinois taxpayers a tax cut and a 3% income tax rate. Instead, we ended up with a 32% increase in the income tax rate."  Gov. Rauner failed to keep his word again.

Gov. Rauner released the following statement:

    “I understand abortion is a very emotional issue with passionate opinions on both sides. I sincerely respect those who believe abortion is morally wrong. They are good people motivated by principle.

    “But, as I have always said, I believe a woman should have the right to make that choice herself and I do not believe that choice should be determined by income. I do not think it’s fair to deny poor women the choice that wealthy women have.

    “That is why I am signing HB40.

    “This is not a new position – I campaigned on this principle in 2014 and it is a principle I have tried to live up to throughout my life.

    “I have spent the past couple of months talking to people on both sides of this issue. I have also spent a lot of time meeting with women across Illinois and listening to their personal stories, particularly low-income women who do not have the same luxuries that many of us have. Their stories and their struggles are real and they have touched me in a very personal way.  They deserve to have a choice as much as anyone else.

    “I know there will be many people who disagree and I respect their opinions. I respect their passion. It is my hope that good people can disagree respectfully and can come together on other important issues that affect our state.”


Congressman Peter Roskam stated “This bill is dangerous. It forces taxpayers to be complicit in the act of abortion even if they believe abortion to be morally reprehensible."

More on what to expect with the implementation of HB40...

- The State Employee's Insurance will cover the expenses of an abortion.

- Public aid will cover abortions or "induced miscarriages".

- A doctor cannot be stopped from performing medical services including an abortion even if he/she had been found guilty of performing an unwanted abortion procedure.

- It removes the need to include the physicians opinion regarding the abortion.

- The Department of Human Services would be allowed to provide money or grants to organizations or companies that perform abortions.

- Keeps abortion legal if the Roe Vs. Wade Decision is reversed.

- An unborn child is NOT be considered a human being and so the unborn child does NOT have the right to life.

We may have lost this battle over HB40, but the war continues and as pro-lifers we can never quit.  We must still stand for all the voiceless.  We must continue to push, and educate legislators.  We must re-group and fight even harder.  In order to do this we need your help.  Please continue to share our news and alerts, continue to pray for the changing of the minds of those elected to be our voices.  Encourage more pro-life people to run for office and change the shape of Illinois.  Please make a donation to ensure we can continue to be a strong pro-life presence in Illinois, in the Capitol and online. Please support us in this fight. 

Pro-Life Leader Calls for McConnell's Resignation Over Senate Inability to Defund Planned Parenthood

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On September 26th, it was announced that the Graham-Cassidy Repeal and Replace Obamacare bill was pulled due to three Republican defections, including Sen. John McCain of Arizona. That bill would have prevented over $500 million in tax dollars from going to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the nation.

The withdrawal of the bill kills any hope of defunding Planned Parenthood of Federal tax money until next year.

"I am extremely disappointed in the Republican members of the U.S. Senate who could not band together to get this bill done. It angers me that we have to fund Planned Parenthood for another year. This means Planned Parenthood will have the resources it needs to continue its killing spree, and thousands of lives will be lost because of it," said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Co-Founder of the Center for Medical Progress, which exposed Planned Parenthood's participation in the illegal sale of organs and tissue obtained from aborted babies.

Defunding Planned Parenthood was a high priority for the Trump administration, which promised to redirect funds from the abortion giant to legitimate health care providers that do not participate in abortions.

Click here for more from Operation Rescue via Christian Newswire

US House GOP delegation calls on Rauner to veto HB 40

Congressman Peter Roskam
Wednesday, all seven Republican members of Illinois' U.S. House delegation called on Illinois' GOP governor to veto a bill now on his desk expanding taxpayer funding of abortions - for any reason.

Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) led the delegation's letter, signed by GOP members, John Shimkus (IL-15), Randy Hultgren (IL-14), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), Rodney Davis (IL-13), Mike Bost (IL-12), and Darin LaHood (IL-18).

“This bill is dangerous.” Roskam said in a statement issued with the letter. “It forces taxpayers to be complicit in the act of abortion even if they believe abortion to be morally reprehensible.

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McSweeney, Costello file bi-partisan resolution calling for Rauner to veto HB 40

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Wednesday, State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington) and Jerry Costello (D-Collinsville) will be introducing a bi-partisan effort to stop Illinois taxpayers from paying for abortions and squelch the growing movement to effectively end the "Hyde Amendment."

"Governor Rauner needs to honor the commitment he made on April 14th to veto HB 40," McSweeney told Illinois Review Wednesday. "It's important that he keep his word."

McSweeney said taxpayers are already reeling from the legislature raising Illinois' state income tax by 32%. "It would be even worse if that tax hike goes toward paying for abortions many find offensive," he said.

The problem is that Governor Rauner has made commitments to both sides on what he would do with legislation that called for taxpayer funding of abortion. On a questionnaire in 2014, he told the abortion group Personal PAC he'd favor taxpayer funding for abortions while he told Republican lawmakers he would veto such a measure because it was "too divisive."

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Members Introduce Bipartisan Legislation on the Dangers of Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide

Assist us to LIVE not DIE
On September 27th, Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), along with Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA), Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (R-MD), Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA), Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL), Rep. James Langevin (D-RI), Rep. Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-LA), Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA), and Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) introduced H. Con. Res. 80, expressing the sense of Congress that legalizing physician-assisted suicide puts the most vulnerable of our society at risk of deadly harm and undermines the integrity of America’s healthcare system. They issued the following joint statement:

“Protecting the vulnerable and providing quality care for all patients are cornerstones of any good healthcare system. Included in that is providing comfort and care for those facing the heart-wrenching challenges of dealing with a potentially terminal illness. In some cases, this commitment to fighting for the best care – even in the face of the most deadly diseases – can result in new and innovative cures, offering the chance of recovery for both the patient and for others suffering in the future. In other cases, it is simply a question of offering end-of-life comfort and support.

Physician-assisted suicide, however, does the opposite. It undermines a key safeguard that protects our nation’s most vulnerable citizens, including the elderly, people with disabilities, and people experiencing psychiatric diagnoses. Americans deserve better.

We will continue to defend every human being’s inherent dignity, and work to ensure patients facing the end of their lives have access to the best quality and most comprehensive medical care possible, including palliative, in-home, or hospice care, tailored to their individual needs. When governments support, encourage, or facilitate suicide – whether assisted by physicians or others – we devalue our fellow citizens, our fellow human beings. That should not be who we are."

Full text of the resolution is available here.

Click here for the full press release from Rep. Brad Wenstrup

September 27, 2017

Latest effort to Repeal Abortion-Expanding Obamacare Falls Short

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In the latest blow to repealing and replacing Obamacare, Sen. Cassidy (R. La) acknowledged this afternoon that, “We made the decision since we don’t have the votes, we’re going to postpone it.” Senators John McCain (R. Ariz.), Susan Collins (R. ME), and Rand Paul (R. KY) all issued public statements indicating they would not vote for the bill, ending the current effort to rollback much of the abortion-expanding Obamacare.

Time has run out on the 2017 “budget reconciliation bill” as a vehicle to undo much of Obamacare which requires a simple majority in the Senate. But there are only 52 Republicans in the Senate, and the loss of McCain, Collins, and Paul meant the bill would fall short of the 50 votes needed.

The bill’s chief sponsors, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R. SC) and Sen. Bill Cassidy, said that they plan on touring the country in order to build support for their health bill. There are additional reconciliation measures going forward, but the most immediate one is slated to deal with tax reform.

The Graham-Cassidy legislation would redirect existing Obamacare subsidies back to states in the form of block grants. The bill would prohibit the use of these dollars for plans that cover elective abortion. The bill would restore the longstanding principles of the Hyde Amendment with respect to federally funded health coverage. The Hyde Amendment is credited with saving two million lives.

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House to vote on Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act next Tuesday, Majority Leader McCarthy announces

Unborn Babies Feel Pain
Shortly after a morning press conference held by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) it was announced the House will vote on H.R. 36, the Pain- Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, on Tuesday, October 3rd. .

The text of H.R. 36 is identical to the bill that passed the House 242-184 in the 114th Congress. In addition to passing the House, the bill obtained majority support in the Senate in 2015, but was derailed since 60 votes were required.

Sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would prohibit abortions on unborn babies 20 weeks or older, based on congressional findings that by that point (and even earlier) the unborn child has the capacity to experience great pain during an abortion.

The bill was developed from model legislation developed by National Right to Life in 2010, enacted thus far in 16 states– Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is one of the top pro-life congressional priorities for the 115th Congress.

Among his commitments to pro-lifers, President Donald Trump has promised to sign the National Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Click here for more from National Right to Life

September 26, 2017

Professor: 3,800 Innocent Lives a Year Depend on Governor Rauner

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The eyes of Illinois and the entire country are on Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner this week.

Earlier this year, the Illinois legislature passed the controversial HB 40, insuring that abortion remains legal in Illinois if Roe v. Wade is overturned. More importantly, HB 40 would also require taxpayer funding of abortion for low income women through Illinois’ Medicaid program.

In April, Rauner indicated that he would oppose the legislation because of “sharp divisions of opinion” about taxpayer-funding of abortion. However, word out of Springfield is that the Governor may be reconsidering his position. That said, Governor Rauner absolutely needs to keep his promise and veto HB 40 -- most importantly because thousands of innocent lives depend on it.

Action:

-Contact Governor Rauner, thank him for his promise to VETO HB40. 

-Urge Gov. Rauner to keep his promise and VETO HB 40

Click here to contact Governor Rauner.

Click here for more information on this bill.

The Center for Reproductive Rights did an analysis of the Hyde Amendment, which limits the ability of federal Medicaid dollars to pay for abortions. They found that the Hyde Amendment prevented over 1,000,000 abortions since 1976. The 2016 analysis of the Hyde Amendment, published by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, updated the Center for Reproductive Rights study. It found that the Hyde Amendment has stopped over 2.1 million abortions in 40 years.  The Hyde Amendment has stopped 144,721 abortions in Illinois since 1976 and protects 3,800 unborn children in Illinois every year. 

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