Pro-Life Lawsuit against the state of Illinois Dismissed

UPDATE: Pro-Life Lawsuit against the State of Illinois Dismissal Appealed
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 was dismissed by Associate Circuit Judge Jennifer Ascher. A notice of appeal was entered on January 2nd, in the 4th Appelate Court.

October 25, 2016

Baby LynLee Hope, born twice, survives risky in utero surgery and is now thriving

The Boemer Family
The Boemer Family
Imagine, if you can, what was going through Margaret Boemer’s mind. The Lewisville, Texas mom had already lost one of her unborn twins before the second trimester when doctors recommended she abort the second twin.

Why? Because the baby girl, who was by then 16-weeks old, had a tumor on her spine, according to Elizabeth Koh of the News Tribune:

The tumor, they told her, was a sacrococcygeal teratoma, a rare tumor affecting one of up to 70,000 births. It was drawing blood away from her baby and could cause heart failure before she was born.

But Boemer and her husband flatly refused.

Often such surgery is postponed until after the baby is born, but that was not an option. “At 23 weeks, the tumour was shutting her heart down and causing her to go into cardiac failure, so it was a choice of allowing the tumour to take over her body or giving her a chance at life,” she told the BBC. (A sacrococcygeal teratoma is a tumor that grows from an unborn baby’s tailbone.)

“It was an easy decision for us: We wanted to give her life.” She added, ““We knew that if we didn’t choose the option of emergency surgery that night, that within a day or so she would pass.”

Still, doctors gave the baby, Lynlee Hope, only a 50-50% chance.

And the surgery, performed at Texas Children’s Fetal Center, proved to be extremely complicated. Lynlee Hope almost died.

According to Koh,

The complicated and risky surgery nearly went awry as doctors tried to remove the tumor with a “huge” incision, said doctor Darrell Cass, who was part of the operation. The baby, weighing just 1 pound and 3 ounces during the surgery, was “hanging out in the air” as they cut away the mass and her heart nearly stopped — though a cardiologist kept her alive.

LynLee Hope Boemer
LynLee Hope Boemer
Doctors then placed Lynlee Hope (who weighed 1lb 3oz at the time of the surgery) back in her mother’s womb, and sewed up the opening. Twelve weeks later–on June 5–she was delivered again, this time by Caesarean section, weighing 5 pounds and 5 ounces.

Lynlee subsequently underwent a second surgery to remove the remaining tumor on her spine. Now four months old, “Baby Boemer is still an infant but is doing beautiful,” Darrell Cass, the co-director of the Texas Children’s Fetal Centre told the BBC.

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