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

April 19, 2018

Alfie Evans’ dad meets with Pope Francis to ask that he intervene to help Alfie be transferred to hospital in Rome

Pope Francis said to have agreed to “ramp up the campaign to stop his life support being switched off”

This photo of Tom Evans kissing the Pope’s hand in the Vatican appeared on the Facebook of “Alfies Army.”

If the last ditch effort to save Alfie Evans wasn’t already dramatic enough, on Tuesday Tom Evans, Alfie’s dad, flew to the Vatican to raise the issue of removing Alfie from the Alder Hey Childrens’ Hospital in Liverpool, England, and flying him to the Vatican-affiliated Bambin Gesú Pediatric hospital in Rome, according to reporter Liverpool Echo reporter Josh Parry.

In a Facebook post this morning, Evans wrote that following the private 20-minute meeting, he was alerted the pope sent an urgent request to bambino to take Alfie as soon as possible. After the letter the president of bambino gesu called me in for a meeting, she wants to take Alfie as soon as tomorrow and will do everything for him even if we find a diagnosis they will continue to search for a cure.

She was such a lovely women and said they will do everything they can for Alfie as they would with any other

Pray hard this is alfies step to his desperately needed transfer

The Daily Mail characterized the meeting as being set up by an Italian bishop. Martin Robinson wrote, “The Pontiff agreed to ramp up the campaign to stop his life support being switched off by Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool.”

The Pope offered new support from the Vatican’s secretary of state to ensure a ‘decisive diplomatic channel is opened up for Alfie’ and to ensure ‘the dignity of his life is respected’.

Robinson added that “Alfie’s father also asked the Pope to consider granting his son asylum and told him

‘Please help us save our innocent child and give us the grace of asylum to keep our family safe and to stop all of this.

‘If your holiness helps our child you will be potentially saving the future for our children in the UK, especially the disabled.

‘We pray the problem we are facing is solved peacefully and respectfully no child deserves this, especially not a child of God’.

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