Thursday, Jan 12, 2017

Nothing ever really dies in the Illinois legislature.

We repeatedly alerted you to House Bill 4013 during the 99th General Assembly, which ran from January 2015 through Jan. 10, 2017. HB 4013 would have allowed taxpayer money to pay for elective abortions in state workers' heatlh insurance plans and the Medicaid program.

The 100th General Assembly was sworn in on Jan. 11, 2017, and with it came new legislation that, again, allows taxpayer money to be used to pay for elective abortions in those two programs. However, the new legislation embodied in House Bill 40 goes further than HB 4013. HB 40 also deletes most of the preamble of the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975, which states that the General Assembly finds the unborn child to be a person and that if the U.S. Supreme Court decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton are ever reversed, then the "former policy of this State to prohibit abortions unless necessary for the preservation of the mother's life shall be reinstated."

The fight against HB 40 will be ongoing. We will alert you when we believe it will be called for a vote on the House floor, but you can take action at anytime against this bill by clicking here.