September 20, 2018
Effort to end taxpayer funding for abortions to be appealed to Illinois Supreme Court
The suit over a new Illinois law providing taxpayer funding for abortions will head to the Illinois Supreme Court, after the Illinois Appellate Court upheld Monday the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking an injunction against the measure.
Thomas More Society filed the suit on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Illinois taxpayers, seeking to stop the bill previously known as “House Bill 40” in December 2017. The suit alleges that the Balanced Budget requirement of the Illinois Constitution prohibits the abortion funding, because the General Assembly has not estimated funds available, and that abortion claims from before June 1 are not valid under the Illinois Constitution’s Effective Date of Laws section, which prohibits laws passed after the conclusion of the General Assembly’s regular session from becoming effective before the following June 1. In this case June 1, 2018.
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