NO ABORTION FUNDING IN THE BUDGET
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
January 20, 2016
U.S. House to vote Jan. 26 on override of Obama veto on Planned Parenthood cutoff and Obamacare repeal
This is a time-sensitive CALL ALERT from National Right to Life in Washington, D.C.
On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the House of Representatives will vote on whether to override President Obama's veto of a major pro-life bill. National Right to Life urges you to call your representative in the U.S. House to urge him or her to vote to override the veto.
The bill is H.R. 3762, the "pro-life budget reconciliation bill." This bill contains a provision that would cut off most federal funds to Planned Parenthood for one year -- about $400 million. In addition, the bill would repeal many major parts of the Obamacare law, including the program that provides taxpayer subsidies to about 1,000 health plans that pay for elective abortions.
The Republican majorities in the U.S. Senate and House approved the bill weeks ago. (To see how your two U.S. senators and your representative in the House voted on the bill and on other key pro-life issues during 2015, review the NRLC Senate scorecard here and the NRLC House scorecard here.) On January 8, President Obama vetoed the bill. To override a veto requires a two-thirds vote in each house of Congress. The House override roll call is scheduled for Tuesday, January 26.
Please click "Take Action". Then, enter your zip code in the box provided. You will be shown the name of the person who represents you in the U.S. House, and the correct phone number to call. You will also see suggested short talking points that you can refer to, if you wish, when you reach the lawmaker's staffperson.