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

November 22, 2016

“The language of abortion is confusing. What are we trying to hide?”

Video screen capture of "The Language of Abortion"
Video screen capture of "The Language of Abortion"
As they say, “if I had a dollar for”– in this case every time I’ve written to make fun of the verbal gymnastics that pro-abortionists routinely employ — I’d be rich.

But words on a page or on a computer screen, while effective, have a tough time competing with videos which are able to combine words, images, music, and people interacting in real-time.

When done imaginatively, they are highly persuasive.

We’ve written, more than once, about “Interview with an Unborn Child.” The 4 minute 16 second-long video is an eerily powerful chronicle, narrated by the doomed unborn child himself, which sends chills up and down your spine.

At the other end of the educational spectrum is “The Language of Abortion,” produced by Signal Hill, a Canadian pro-life group. This 31-second long video uses humor (mixed with the mildest of ridicule) to convey a powerful truth by means of a question—“The language of abortion is confusing. What are we trying to hide?”

There are three settings. The first is a baby shower. Looking down we see the lettering on a cake which reads, “Congratulations on your products of conception.” As the pregnant mom comes in the room, the assembled women cheerfully laugh as we catch a glimpse of the banner on the wall:“Uterine Contents Shower.”

A quick cut to the doctor’s office where she is drumming her fingers as she waits to see her obstetrician. The receptionist politely asks, “Is this your first clump of cells?”
The final scene is of a very pregnant woman sitting in her bedroom. In a very lovely and affectionate way she sings to her baby, “Hush blob of tissue don’t say a word, mommy’s gonna…”

So, “What are we trying to hide?” The truth that a baby is a baby is a baby.

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