Illinois Pro-Lifers Call for Governor Rauner to Keep his Promise and Veto HB40

CHICAGO, Sept. 26, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Yesterday, House Bill 40 was sent to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk to be either signed or vetoed. Through Illinois taxpayer funding, this bill will provide free abortions for those on Medicaid and State employees for any reason.

Last April, Governor Rauner publicly promised that he would veto HB40 should it reach his desk. Recent polling has shown that a majority of Illinoisans, pro-choice and pro-life, do not support taxpayer funding of abortion. According to his spokesperson, he realizes there are sharp divisions of opinion over this issue in our state and does not support the bill. However, according to recent reports, the Governor is now wavering on his promise.

“If Governor Bruce Rauner signs HB40, he will be publicly repudiated by pro-lifers throughout the entire state of Illinois,” said Rosemary Hackett, President of Illinois Right to Life.

“He promised to veto this horrendous legislation, which would force all Illinois taxpayers to pay for free abortions for those on Medicaid and state employees, which can be done through all nine months of pregnancy and for any reason – even when the unborn child can feel pain and survive outside the womb. Illinois Right to Life, alongside Illinois citizens who do not want their tax dollars going toward the, poisoning, dismemberment, and killing of unborn children in abortion, urge Governor Rauner to hold true to his promise and veto HB 40.”
For approximately 36 years, it has been the policy of Illinois that its citizens should not be required to pay for other people’s abortions. Under current law, Medicaid covers abortions for those in the cases of rape, incest, and when the health or life of the mother is deemed to be at risk. House Bill 40 dramatically expands the Medicaid coverage for abortions, providing free abortions for any reason.

While the number of abortions across the country is steadily declining, abortions in Illinois rose last year by 3.5% to nearly 40,000 abortions a year. Based on data from the last time Medicaid covered abortion on-demand, HB 40 will increase the number of abortions by potentially thousands every year.

It has been argued that HB40 is about keeping abortion legal in Illinois. Bill proponents say that if Roe v. Wade is overturned, abortion would become illegal in Illinois. However, The Chicago Tribune reported in 2017, 2006, and 1991, that their editorial board, the ACLU, a local Judge, and the Illinois Legislative Research Unit for the General Assembly all agree: abortion would remain legal in Illinois should Roe v. Wade be overturned in the U.S. Supreme Court.

HB40 is extreme legislation with the sole purpose to expand abortion in Illinois at taxpayers’ expense. We thank Governor Rauner for his promise to veto this bill, and we are expecting him to keep it.

Life Legal Files Joint Amicus Brief with SCOTUS in Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Life Legal has collaborated with the Bioethics Defense Fund in an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court yesterday in Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The brief was written on behalf of the American College of Pediatricians and other pro-life health professionals.

As you may be aware, the Masterpiece case involves a baker who was asked to create a cake for the wedding of a same-sex couple. The baker, Jack Phillips, said he could not use his artistic talents to give approval to a marriage that violated his religious beliefs. In response, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission said Phillips’ religious beliefs were illegal and prohibited him from designing any wedding cakes, which resulted in the loss of 40% of his business. The Commission imposed draconian reporting requirements on Phillips, forcing him to provide a detailed account of the reasons for any orders he declines.

So why would Life Legal, a pro-life law firm, file a Supreme Court brief in support of a baker?

If the State of Colorado can destroy Phillips’ business because he chooses not to use his skills to create a product that expresses the state’s sentiment on a controversial issue, what is to stop a state from forcing any professional to violate his or her deeply held belief in furtherance of the state’s viewpoint?

Our concern is that the Masterpiece Cakeshop case is “likely to have rapid and lasting impact on the rights of medical professionals to practice their professions consistently with their consciences and the teachings of their faiths on issues of life and death-or indeed to practice their professions at all.”

“Masterpiece Cakeshop has enormous implications for the First Amendment rights of everyone in the workplace, especially those whose deeply held beliefs require them to opt out of certain practices,” said Life Legal Defense Foundation Executive Director Alexandra Snyder. “We have seen increasing pressure on health care professionals, in particular, to perform or facilitate abortions or risk losing their livelihoods. Life Legal trusts that the Supreme Court will adhere to precedent in guarding First Amendment freedoms, including protections against laws compelling speech and activities that violate religious and conscience objections.”

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Lies Exposed: Toledo Abortion Business Misrepresents True Emergency Policy in Court Documents

TOLEDO, Ohio, Sept. 7, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Operation Rescue has published photographs in a video that shows a Capital Care Network employee loading an injured abortion patient into the back of her private vehicle, then rushing off.  Eyewitnesses tell Operation Rescue the car was seen dropping off the injured woman at the Toledo Hospital emergency room entrance.

Capital Care Network has a motive for trying to hide abortion complications so serious they require emergency hospital intervention. They have no valid hospital transfer agreement within a 30-minute driving distance, and are therefore in non-compliance with abortion facility licensing requirements.

Unable to obtain a transfer agreement with a local hospital, Capital Care submitted an agreement with University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is 52 miles, and nearly an hour’s drive, away. In order to comply with the regulation that a hospital be no further than 30 minutes away, Capital Care’s owner Terrie Hubbard ridiculously promised to helicopter patients that suffered from abortion complications to the hospital in Ann Arbor.

Now we find out that instead, CCN is sneaking women out the back door, dangerously transporting them to Toledo Hospital in private vehicles, and kicking them to the curb at the emergency room entrance!

Capital Care has sued the Ohio Department of Health challenging the hospital transfer requirement.

The case will be will be heard before the Ohio Supreme Court on September 12, 2017.

In their Merit Brief, filed with the state’s High Court on June 29, 2017, Capital Care makes the following claim:

Capital Care’s policy is to call 911 in the event of a life-threatening emergency where a patient needs immediate treatment. . . The responding EMTs will transport the patient to the hospital nearest to Capital Care, most likely Toledo Hospital. Patients experiencing less serious medical complications who do not need immediate treatment will be transferred to UMHS at by helicopter or vehicle.

The statement about CCN’s emergency policies in their Merit Brief is simply untrue.

The Ohio Supreme Court has an opportunity to place the safety of women ahead of an abortion business’ contrived excuses for holding themselves above the law.

“The fact that we now have proof that they are lying about their emergency protocols should show the Court just how untrustworthy this abortion business really is.  It should be closed immediately,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We will be watching this one very closely.”

Read Operation Rescue’s full report and watch the video.