October 23, 2019

Thomas More Society Files Civil Complaint Against Illinois' Reproductive Health Act

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker
Photo: Chi Hack Night
On October 21, the Thomas More Society filed a civil complaint against Governor Pritzker's radical abortion policy with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights. Illinois’ Reproductive Health Act requires health insurance policies to cover abortions without offering religious exemptions. This violates the federal Weldon Amendment and the Affordable Care Act according to the Thomas More Society. If the federal government agrees, Illinois could lose billions of dollars in federal funding.

The Weldon Amendment ensures that federal appropriations to the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education may not be issued to any government that discriminates against a “health care entity,” including an insurance plan sponsor, on the basis that it does not provide health insurance coverage of abortion.

“We are confident that the Office for Civil Rights will take our complaint seriously,” Thomas More Society attorney Michael McHale said. “Federal law clearly prohibits this brazen attempt to encroach upon our rights conscience. We urge immediate intervention to halt this illegal mandate.”

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