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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August 10, 2017

HUGE Free-Speech Win in Illinois, Where State is Trying to Force Pro-Lifers to Refer for Abortions

Illinois State Capitol Building
In July a federal judge in Illinois handed down a major victory for religious conscience and free speech protection, granting a statewide preliminary injunction against a 2016 law change that would force pro-life medical providers to refer patients to abortion businesses upon request.

Though the law has not yet been enforced despite a January 2017 effective date, the state’s 147 pro-life pregnancy centers—at least 74 of which offer free ultrasounds—have been vulnerable to the state’s demands for nearly seven months.

Gutting provisions previously enshrined in Illinois’ Healthcare Right of Conscience Act—once considered the gold standard of freedom protections in the U.S.—the 2016 change would have forced pro-life medical professionals of all kinds to cultivate a list of known abortion mills in their area to hand to patients.

The change—which was signed into law by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner—also threatened to force pro-life medicos and pregnancy centers alike to counsel patients as to the so-called “benefits” of abortion.

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