Pro-Life Lawsuit against the state of Illinois

Pro-Life Lawsuit against the State of Illinois

NO HB40
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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September 26, 2016

House Subcommittee hears testimony on the life-saving Hyde Amendment and need for Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

2016 is the 40th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment. Appropriately, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution today held a hearing, “The Ultimate Civil Right: Examining the Hyde Amendment and the Born Alive Infants Protection Act.”

First enacted in 1976, the Hyde Amendment (named for pro-life champion Rep. Henry Hyde of Illinois) is a provision attached to the annual appropriations bill that covers many federal health programs (including Medicaid). The Hyde Amendment currently prohibits the use of federal funds in those programs for abortion, except in the cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.

Genevieve Plaster, Senior Policy Analyst, Charlotte Lozier Institute, testified before the subcommittee today. She concluded that the Hyde Amendment

· has enjoyed bipartisan support for 40 years,
· was re-affirmed as constitutional in 1980,
· enjoys support from nearly seven in 10 Americans (including even 51 percent of those self-identifying as “pro-choice”; 44 percent of Democrats10; 65 percent of African Americans; 61 percent of Latinos; 58 percent of millennials; and 63 percent of women11); and
· has saved an estimated two million lives.

For these compelling reasons, the protective language of the Hyde Amendment should not only be retained as enforced policy, but be codified as a permanent law.

Arina O. Grossu, Director, Center for Human Dignity, Family Research Council, testified about both the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002 (which passed without a dissenting vote) and how, in light of the experience since, the need for The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3504/ S. 2066).

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