The Catholic Conference of Illinois today joined several statewide pro-life organizations in asking Illinois lawmakers that no money be appropriated for taxpayer-funded abortions in the upcoming budget.
In a letter sent to lawmakers, CCI noted that legislation signed into law last fall authorizing taxpayer money to be used for elective abortions for Medicaid participants and state employees did not include an appropriation. Money for the newly authorized abortions would then have to be included in the state budget currently being crafted for the new fiscal year set to begin July 1.
Read the letter below, or click here for a PDF version.
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
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