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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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Anti-abortion advocates made their initial appearance in a Springfield courtroom yesterday.

They’re challenging a new Illinois law that will allow state money to pay for some abortions. It applies to women who have health insurance through state employment, as well as those on the Medicaid program. Lawyer Peter Breen says their case is about how state tax money is spent — not whether abortion is right or wrong.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed the controversial House Bill 40, which allows the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions. He announced his intention at a news conference Thursday in Chicago and signed the bill later that day.

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A measure that would allow taxpayer funding for abortions was sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk today, and supporters want him to declare his support publicly before taking any further steps. 

In Rockford to visit a charter school Monday, Rauner again declined to reveal his specific position on the bill.

“There are passionate voices,” he said, “and I respect, frankly, both sides of the arguments. I am personally pro-choice, but I respect the moral arguments and the debate on the other side, and I am listening and we will make a decision in the near future."

Gov. Rauner Remains Silent On State Abortion Bill

Sep 20, 2017
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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will comment on an abortion bill once it reaches his desk.

House Bill 40 is designed to strengthen the state’s abortion law. Appearing on The 21st, Rauner only said, "That bill hasn’t been sent to my desk. They’re playing political games with it. I don’t really have any comment on it. We’ll talk about it at the appropriate time."