Pro-Life Lawsuit against the state of Illinois Dismissed

UPDATE: Pro-Life Lawsuit against the State of Illinois Dismissal Appealed

On November 30, 2017, the Thomas More Society filed a taxpayer lawsuit against State of Illinois officials in a counter attack against House Bill 40, which requires public funding of tens of thousands of elective abortions. The taxpayer lawsuit, filed in the Sangamon County Circuit Court, is brought on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Illinois taxpayers, represented by county and statewide pro-life organizations including the Illinois Federation for Right to Life and it's many affiliates was dismissed by Associate Circuit Judge Jennifer Ascher. A notice of appeal was entered on January 2nd, in the 4th Appelate Court.

April 23, 2010

Thumbs up for Kevorkian movie from pro-lifer portrayed in it

Thumbs up for Kevorkian movie from pro-lifer portrayed in it

Both and anticipate a sympathetic portrayal of Kevorkian in You Don't Know Jack, which may well be. points out even Kevorkian likes the film. We can certainly review it here after it airs Saturday night.

You Don't Know Jack Movie portraying Jack Kevorkian starting Al Pacino.

Pro-lifer Lynn Mill's view after screening the movie on April 21 was that it portrayed him otherwise, telling me, "HBO did a beautiful job with this. I don't think they glamorized. Him. I think they made him look like a nut. I did not think he came off looking good. I think he came off as a pathetic little freak."

So we'll see. Lynn added that while Kevorkian anticipated great public support and an eventual Supreme Court altercation, he got neither, which the film depicts.

Well, glory be. I was beyond skeptical that the upcoming HBO movie, You Don't Know Jack, airing this Saturday night at 9p EST, would portray him fairly....

The movie, of course, is about the infamous Dr. Death, Jack Kevorkian, who gained notoriety in the late 80s and throughout the 90s for promoting and committing physician assisted suicide. Convicted of 2nd degree homicide in 1999, Kevorkian spent 8 years in prison.

But I anticipated Kevorkian's story in the hands of Hollywood, particularly in a movie co-starring Susan Sarandon, to glamorize him. So I was not really interested in watching You Don't Know Jack, even if Al Pacino played the lead role.

Until today. A little while ago I received an email from MI pro-lifer Lynn Mills, who many here know gives us many of the inside scoops on MI late-term abortionist Alberto Hodari.

It turns out Lynn played quite a part in bringing Kevorkian down (who killed his patients in MI) by good old fashioned pro-life dumpster diving.

Lynn is positively portrayed in the movie by actress Ana Reeder (picture from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival)

Lynn is positively portrayed in the movie by actress Ana Reeder.

I called Lynn for the backstory. In 1993 as part of a group protesting Kevorkian, Lynn spotted Kevorkian's drug supplier taking out some trash. "It was a natural instinct for this pro-life activist to go dumpster diving," said Lynn.

Lynn found Kevorkian's report on the death of Hugh Gale. She also found Gale's EKG strip that went from beating to flatline.

Kevorkian wrote in his report that Gale asked twice to have the mask removed containing the death drugs he was inhaling. Kevorkian complied the 1st time but not the 2nd. He charted he left the mask in place. In other words, Kevorkian killed Gale against his will.

Lynn said the movie portrays the death of Hugh Gale as "absolutely horrible" - realistically, in other words.

Kevorkian whited out that segment of his report and retyped it to sound better.

The end of the movie shows the actor portraying Oakland Co. Prosecutor Dick Thompson holding the report up to the light and spotting the whiteout.

What Lynn found was eventually discarded as evidence, but she played a part in bringing Kevorkian down nonetheless. And she is portrayed in the movie as normal, imagine that.

So there is one pro-lifer insider's review of You Don't Know Jack, and now I'm much more inclined to watch it. Here's a longer trailer...

We're proud of you, Lynn!

Click here for the trailer for the movie: "You Don't Know Jack"

Contact: Jill Stanek
Publish Date: April 22, 2010, Updated April 23, 2010
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