HB40 and the Illinois State Budget

Recent reports from the Illinois department of Health and Family services reveal a 274% increase in the number of Medicaid (tax-payer) abortions.

Governor Bruce Rauner signed HB40 last fall, this law allowed for state tax dollars to be used for abortions for Medicaid recipients and state employees and their dependents covered by state employee health coverage.

According to records Illinois taxpayers paid for nearly 4 times more abortions in the first 6 months of 2018.  This number will climb as Illinois has an intent law, if a women says she intends to move to Illinois but she needs her abortion now Illinois Medicaid will pay for her abortion.  Women from states who restrict abortion more than Illinois are coming to our state to obtain their free abortion.

In a recent press release the Governors office released this quote, “Governor Rauner supports a woman’s right to choose and he signed Legislation that protects that right in Illinois, regardless of what happens at the Federal level”…

 

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NO ABORTION FUNDING IN THE BUDGET

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