Pro-Life Lawsuit against the state of Illinois Dismissed

UPDATE: Pro-Life Lawsuit against the State of Illinois Dismissal Appealed

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.

June 20, 2017

World Health Organization elects new Director General, Dr. Tedros

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
The 70th annual World Health Assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization (WHO), elected Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia to be its new director general on May 23. Selected on the third ballot, he will replace retiring WHO Director General Margaret Chan.

Dr. Tedros, as he likes to be referred to, ran a two-year global campaign for the position complete with paid public relations consultants, a strong social media presence, and the iron-clad support of the African Union nations. Although the balloting for WHO Director General was secretive, most nations made their support of one of the three candidates in the race well known. Each member nation may cast one vote in the election, and Dr. Tedros had a wide lead over his two competitors. Dr. Tedros won the election outright on the third ballot.

The election of Dr. Tedros is cause for great concern for pro-lifers. As the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues commented, “In a letter signed by 122 pro abortion NGOs including IPPF, Marie Stopes International, Ipas and ‘Catholics’ for Choice, Tedros–known to support the sexual and reproductive health agenda– is ‘warmly congratulated’ as the groups urge him as incoming WHO Director General ‘to fully support, pursue, and defend a comprehensive approach to women’s health, accounting for the full spectrum of women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health issues, needs, and rights.’”

Dr. Tedros has a long personal history of supporting and legalizing abortion in his own country of Ethiopia. Other reasons to be concerned include his advocacy of a “rights based” approach to health care and his determination to implement United Nations development goals which call for sexual and “reproductive health and rights,” code words for abortion.

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