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

March 14, 2016

The Presidential candidates on Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood continues to be a key issue for pro-life voters, and for good reason. Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States, performs over 300,000 abortions a year, traffics in baby body parts, and receives nearly a half-billion dollars a year in government funds. Pro-lifers want their government to have nothing to do with Planned Parenthood. So what have the candidates for President said and done about Planned Parenthood?


Donald Trump has never held public office and has no voting record on Planned Parenthood. He has spoken about them several times saying both that he would defund them and that he thinks Planned Parenthood has done good work.

“Planned Parenthood has done very good work for millions of women. But we’re not going to allow and we’re not going to fund, as long as you have the abortion going on at Planned Parenthood.”

“What I would do when the time came, I’d look at the individual things they do and maybe some of the individual things they do are good.”

Marco Rubio has voted repeatedly in the U.S. Senate to defund Planned Parenthood. Marco Rubio has said, “Planned Parenthood should never receive another dime from American taxpayers.”

Ted Cruz has voted repeatedly in the U.S. Senate to defund Planned Parenthood. Ted Cruz has said, “Congress should renew efforts to fully defund Planned Parenthood to ensure its morally bankrupt business receives not one penny of taxpayer money.

John Kasich as governor of Ohio directed 1.4 million in funding away from Planned Parenthood. When John Kasich became governor, the Ohio Department of Health stopped awarding new state dollars to Planned Parenthood.


Hillary Clinton served as a U.S. senator from New York from 2001 until 2009. During that time she maintained a 0% pro-life record, voting against the pro-life position on every vote. Referring to congressional efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, Clinton said, “That’s why President Obama’s veto was so important, and that’s why we need to have a Democratic president on January 20, 2017. And I want to be that president that will say, ‘Forget about it. Don’t waste your time; you know you’re not getting past me.’”

Democratic Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) has voted against the pro-life position more than 100 times in his federal legislative career, first in the House of Representatives (1991-2007) and since in the U.S. Senate. In response to a question from Univision’s Jorge Ramos, he said, “Do I support Planned Parenthood? I absolutely do. … I will defend Planned Parenthood. I think a lot of this attack, to be honest with you, comes from people who simply do not believe that a woman should have a right to control her own body. That’s the motive.”

Source: National Right to Life