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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June 22, 2012

Fetal Surgery Shows Unborn Babies Are Patients Too


We hear sometimes from pro abortion types that fetuses are nothing of moral note until they are born–and sometimes not even then, e.g. personhood theory.  We are sometimes told that during prenatal care, only the mothers are patients.  Yet, a story just came out about life saving prenatal surgery.  From the CBS Miami story, "World's First of It's Kind Surgery Saves Miami Girl's Life:"

To see 20-month old Lyna Gonzalez, you would think she's just like every other toddler at that age – vibrant and energetic. "She's perfectly normal, thank God," said mother Tammy. But it wasn't always that way. During her pregnancy, Gonzalez's doctors discovered a benign tumor the size of a tennis ball growing on her unborn baby's mouth. Doctors told Tammy there was little chance her daughter would survive birth – and if she did, she would require an immediate tracheotomy in order to breath and have multiple surgeries thereafter.

Ah, not a "fetus," not a collection of tissues, not a parasite, but an "unborn baby."  Back to the story:

After a lot research and heart ache, Tammy sought help from University of Miami/Jackson Memorial fetal surgeon Ruben Quintero. Quintero, a pioneer in fetal medicine, has treated many birth defects and high risk conditions while the baby is still in the womb. "The concern with these tumors is they grow very rapidly, the cause bleeding which leads to the death of the baby," said Quintero. In May 2010, Quintero and Dr. Eftichia Kontopoulos operated on Tammy's baby in utero. Using an endoscope guided by ultrasound they performed a first of its kind surgery and removed the tumor from the fetus' mouth.

Now, who was the patient in that surgery; The gestating baby or the mother?  The baby!  And that is also true in other forms of prenatal care, in which both mother and child can be properly considered patients.  In other words, fetus's are human beings too and we should not let abortion ideology deflect us from this fact.

Contact: Wesley J. Smith
Source: Secondhand Smoke