Pro-Life Lawsuit against the state of Illinois

Pro-Life Lawsuit against the State of Illinois

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.
HB 40 would force every Illinoisan to pay for free abortions for those on Medicaid and state employee health insurance. This would apply through the full nine months of pregnancy and for any reason, even when the latest scientific research has shown that the unborn child can feel pain and survive outside the womb.

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May 18, 2012

Lake County Right to Life Opposes Dold's Planned Parenthood Defense


From Lake County Right to Life -

On Wednesday last week, U.S. Congressman Robert Dold introduced HR 5650, the Protecting Women's Access to Healthcare Act. In his introduction of this egregious bill, Congressman Dold said, "As a pro-choice Republican, I believe that this legislation is critical because it insures non-discrimination within the Federal Title X family planning program. We have seen several attempts to block funds and exclude health care providers from participating in the Title X program, simply because they separately offer services beyond the scope of Title X. We should not discriminate against hospitals and organizations that provide access to basic preventative and in some cases, lifesaving services for so many underprivileged women through Title X."
Standing with Representative Bob Dold as he introduced HR 5650 was Darlene Crocket of Planned Parenthood and Candy Straight and Susan Bevan with Republican Majority for Choice.
Representative Dold is critical of his fellow Republican for seeking to block funds from Title X, "simply because they separately offer services beyond the scope of Title X."  What he fails to mention is that these "services" refer exclusively to abortion.

Representative Mike Pence introduced the Pence Amendment last February.  This amendment would defund Planned Parenthood because, although Planned Parenthood has been banned from using federal funds for abortions, the loophole allows Title X to free up other money that can be indirectly used for abortion.  Representative Pence said, "We should end the day when the largest abortion provider is the largest recipient of Title X federal funding.  What's clear to me, if you follow the money, you can actually take the funding supports out of abortion.  We then have a much better opportunity to move forward to be a society that says yes to life."   The Pence Amendment was passed by the House in February with Representative Dold voting against the amendment.         
Lake County Right to Life supports the Pence Amendment and strongly opposes Representative Dold's attempt to use taxpayer funding for abortion.