Activists To Appeal Judge's Ruling To Uphold State-Funded Abortion Law

Dec 28, 2017

Thomas More Society attorneys are immediately beginning an appeal in the controversial HB-40 case after a Sangamon County judge granted a motion Thursday to dismiss by Illinois officials being sued by taxpayers.

It comes after the conservative activists and legislators pressed a lawsuit against publicly funded abortions in Illinois. They sought seeking an emergency injunction to prevent the law from taking effect Monday.

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The Catholic Thomas More Society will appear in Sangamon County Circuit Court Thursday to ask for the injunction. The group says it would stop "tens of thousands of taxpayer-funded abortions in the New Year."

State Rep. Peter Breen is a Republican from Lombard and Thomas More Society special counsel. He says the law which expands Medicaid and state-employee group health insurance coverage to abortions will mean taxpayers will have to pay for as many as 30,000 abortions in Illinois annually.

Breen says many taxpayers have a "sincere moral objection" to paying for abortions. He says Illinois' budget crisis also makes financing them a problem.

  • WNIJ's Jessie Schlacks and The Associated Press contributed to this report.