HB40 and the Illinois State Budget

The Illinois General Assembly is dealing with the budget. They are in session Thursday and Friday of this week, adjourning till Sunday May 27th. They will go back into session Sunday evening and continue thru May 31st. They will be in session on Memorial Day.

It is urgent that you call your Representative and Senator with this message URGE THEM NOT TO VOTE FOR A BUDGET THAT CONTAINS MONEY FOR HB40, TAXPAYER FUNDING OF ABORTION.

Below, you will find the letter that we at Lake County Right to Life along with other groups sent to every Republican Legislator. A clear explanation is contained in the letter.

Illinois has seen approximately 40% increase in the number of women coming to Illinois to undergo a Medicaid abortion. Illinois permits out of state women to enter Illinois and request Medicaid abortion because we have a Residency Intent Law. This means that a woman can say she intents to move to Illinois but in reality she is only here for her Medicaid funded abortion. She can then return to her out of state home.

Take a minute of your time over this “Holiday Weekend” and make that call.



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

Mary Kate Knorr, Executive Director
Ralph Rivera, Legislative Chairman
Illinois Right to Life Action

Dawn Behnke, President
Illinois Federation For Right to Life

Bonnie Quirke, President
Lake County Right to Life

Eric Scheidler, Executive Director
Pro-Life Action League