Open Letter to the Illinois General Assembly
May 24th, 2018

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.

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.

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.

Please work with us to protect taxpayers and unborn children.
Robert Gilligan, Executive Director
Catholic Conference of Illinois

Dawn Behnke, President
Illinois Federation For Right to Life

Eric Scheidler, Executive Director
Pro-Life Action League

Mary Kate Knorr, Executive Director
Ralph Rivera, Legislative Chairman
Illinois Right to Life Action

Bonnie Quirke, President
Lake County Right to Life

September 14, 2015

U.S. House and Senate to consider major pro-life bills before the end of September

The majority Republican leadership of the U.S. House announced that the House will be on September 17 or 18 — on two pro-life bills.

* A bill proposed by Congresswoman Diane Black (R-Tn.) would place a moratorium on federal funding to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. National Right to Life will strongly support passage of Congresswoman Black’s bill.

The second bill, the “Born-Aliv e Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” sponsored by Congressman Trent Franks (R-Az.), is a new proposal that would provide strong new protections for babies born alive during induced abortions — backed by stringent federal criminal penalties and civil remedies. There is substantial evidence that some abortion providers do not treat such born-alive infants as legally protected persons, and although in theory they are protected by state homicide laws, enforcement of such laws in the abortion context is rare. Longstanding concerns about the fate of infants born alive during abortions have been revived by troubling passages in the hidden-camera videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, some of which were cited by NRLC General Counsel James Bopp, Jr., during his September 9 testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. NRLC will strongly support the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.”

In addition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has indicated that he will soon — quite likely, before the end of September — force a Senate vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1553). This legislation is based on a model bill originated by NRLC in 2010, which has since been enacted in 12 states. The House of Representatives passed this legislation on May 13, by a vote of 242-184. The upcoming Senate vote will be the first time that the Senate has cast a vote on limiting late abortions since 2003, when the Senate gave final approval to the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

Click here for the originating article from National Right to Life.