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

July 17, 2017

America Neurologist to examine Charlie Gard

Timetable pushed back until at least July 25 for possibly removing Charlie’s ventilator

Charlie Gard
In all the accounts of the emotion-packed hearing over the fate of little Charlie Gard, little attention was paid to the fact that UK High Court of Justice Nicholas Francis had asked an American neurologist if he would be willing to come to London to examine Gard. The only reference to “Dr. I’s.” response was that he seemed to be reluctant to do so.

But, as they say, that was then and today we’re told not only the doctor’s name– Michio Hirano–but that Charlie will be evaluated by the Columbia University Medical Center neurologist next Monday and Tuesday. And that Charlie’s ventilator, which the hospital is determined to unhook post-haste, will not be removed until at least July 25 when Justice Francis says he hopes to have a decision whether he will allow Connie Yates and Chris Gard to take their child to the United States for experimental nucleoside therapy.

Further good news. Dr. Hirano, who specializes in myopathies and other neuromuscular diseases, will “meet with his current immediate care team and other specialists, including a doctor from the Vatican children’s hospital. Charlie’s mother, Connie Yates, fought to attend and was given permission,” according to the Associated Press.

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