Pro-Life Lawsuit against the state of Illinois

Pro-Life Lawsuit against the State of Illinois

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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May 30, 2017

No more excuses, group tells GOP – defund Planned Parenthood

Defund Planned Parenthood
So far this session, the measure that would defund the abortion-provider has been attached to what is called a "reconciliation bill," but likely the provision will be stripped from the bill in the Senate. Rob Chambers, vice president of AFA Action, suggests there's a better way.

"Congress has used the pro-life legislation for far too many years as a political football when they add it to other pieces of legislation, either to get something passed or to use it as a poison pill," he explains. "We believe passing a standalone bill would increase the possibility of getting Planned Parenthood defunded."

In January, Congresswoman Diane Black (R-Tennessee) introduced a standalone bill: the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017 (H.R.354), which would remove funding for a one-year period. However, despite having more than 140 co-sponsors, the legislation is "collecting dust" as it sits in the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, according to AFA Action.

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