On May 24th, an open letter was sent to each member of the Illinois General Assembly which can be found online at www.ifrl.org. This letter urged each member of the Illinois Senate and House to NOT include funding for abortion in the Illinois Budget.
On September 28, 2017, Governor Rauner signed into law House Bill 40, which authorizes the use of taxpayer funds for abortions through Medicaid and state employee health insurance. This new mandate is not eligible for reimbursement by the federal government, putting the entire cost on Illinois taxpayers.
House Bill 40 did not contain an appropriation; therefore, funding for elective abortions will come out of state Medicaid and health insurance funding.
No one knows how many more abortions there will be due to House Bill 40, but no matter the number, the principle is the same: our state tax dollars should not go to pay for abortion. You have the opportunity to ensure that no taxpayer money is used to end the life of any unborn child.
Due to our less-restrictive laws, in 2016 there was a 40 percent increase in the number of people coming to Illinois from out-of-state to undergo an abortion, forcing Illinois taxpayers not only to pay for abortions of Illinois citizens but of those from out-of-state. House Bill 40 will accelerate this trend.
We are asking all members of the Illinois General Assembly to refuse to provide the means for House Bill 40 to accomplish its deadly consequences by including language in annual appropriations denying the use of tax dollars for elective abortions.
Now we need your help. We need you to back up this position by calling and emailing your Illinois Representative and Senator. As them to refuse to provide the means for House Bill 40 to accomplish its deadly consequences with the use of tax dollars for elective abortions.
Click here to find your Senator's and Representative's contact information.
Send them this message:
Do NOT include Abortion in the Illinois Budget.
Do NOT fund House Bill 40.
Do NOT force Illinois taxpayers not only to pay for abortions of Illinois citizens but of those from out-of-state.