Pro-Life Lawsuit against the state of Illinois

Pro-Life Lawsuit against the State of Illinois

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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 28, 2016

As expected Supreme Court lets stand court decisions blocking admitting privileges requirement for abortionists in Wisconsin and Mississippi

In light of Monday’s decision overturning portions of Texas pro-life law, it came as no surprise today that the United States Supreme Court, in an unsigned opinion, let stand lower court rulings that blocked laws in Wisconsin and Mississippi that require abortionists to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

Wisconsin’s Act 37 was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker and was immediately challenged by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI), Affiliated Medical Services (AMS), and various other parties.

In March 2015, U.S. District Judge William Conley replaced his temporary injunction with a permanently injunction. He wrote, “The only reasonable conclusion is that the legislation was motivated by an improper purpose, namely to restrict the availability of abortion services in Wisconsin.”

In the Mississippi case, “a federal district court judge issued a temporary injunction in 2012 blocking the law because it would have forced women seeking abortions to go out of state,” Reuters reported. “The same judge issued a second injunction in 2013, which was upheld by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2014.”

The judge is Judge Myron Thompson whose August 4, 2014 , decision overturning Mississippi’s Women’s health and Safety Act (HB 57) was as expected as it was mammoth (172 pages).

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