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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October 20, 2016

Several state-level measures may have national consequences for physician-assisted suicide

Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics
Jennifer Popik
By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics

Over the past few years, battles have raged in nearly every state legislature over the controversial topic of physician-assisted suicide. Currently, bills are imminent in New Jersey and the District of Columbia. On the ballot this November in Colorado, voters will decide Initiative 145, known as the “Medical Aid in Dying Proposal.”

While these bills will pose an immediate danger to vulnerable groups within those states, there is a real threat that these laws will spread to more states quickly, or even produce a new Supreme Court challenge.

Nearly every state in the U.S. prohibits assisting in another’s suicide. However, as part of an initial effort to expand euthanasia, assisted suicide advocates, principally Compassion and Choices, have focused on pushing a carve-out that allows doctors to prescribe a lethal prescription to a supposedly terminally ill and competent patient who overdoses on the drugs. These laws frequently bear some sort of misleading moniker such as “death with dignity” or “aid in dying.”

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