CHICAGO – Illinois is one of the nation's most abortion-friendly states, and signing HB 40 into law will only make that more the case. But will the abortion advocates that hold the majority in the Illinois House and Senate be satisfied with taxpayer-funding abortions for low income women and state employees?
Likely not. There's yet another level of abortion embracing that Illinois can reach. Something like what Oregon just passed into law:
First, HB 3391 requires all private health insurers to offer free abortions without restrictions or copays. The one exception is Providence Health Plans, which had threatened to pull out of the state because of the abortion requirement. Instead, individuals covered by Providence will soon be able to obtain free, taxpayer-funded abortions through the Oregon Health Plan.
Second, it gives $10.2 million to expand the Oregon Health Authority in order to provide “services, drugs, devices, products and procedures” for undocumented residents, $500,000 of which would specifically be used for abortions.
Additionally, beyond expanding taxpayer-funded abortion, the law goes further by specifically barring public employees from inhibiting or restricting access to abortion in any way.
ABC News summarized the law like this: “In some states such as New York, abortions are cost-free if they’re deemed medically necessary. The Oregon bill is unique, however, in that patients would have access to the procedure for virtually any reason, at any time, including sex-selective and late-term abortions.”
In short, it’s one of the most aggressive pro-abortion laws ever passed in the history of our country.
That's how the Oregon Right to Life describes their new state policy.
While Governor Rauner tried his best to stay out of that uncomfortable abortion topic, he couldn't avoid it. He's had three bills on his desk making abortion more convenient and accessible since he's been in office.
One pushed private insurers to pay for contraception – which, of course, includes abortifacients that chemically induce abortions. Another forces prolife medical personnel to go against their consciences and provide information about where they can get abortions if they refuse to do them themselves. (That measure is being challenged at the U.S. Supreme Court level).
And now, he's being asked to force taxpayers – both religious and non-religious – to pay for abortions themselves.
But it could get even more demanding. Illinois lawmakers are likely to attempt to imitate Oregon – and it could be sooner than anyone expects if the legislature-influencing Personal PAC's Terry Cosgrove is successful.
Cosgrove despises religious philosophies affecting public policy. As he said in the House Committee hearing on HB 40:
As an academic who believes in science, research and facts to guide public policy, it is disturbing to recognize that too often, public policy is not based on these principles. Rather, public policy is often dictated by narrowly-held, deeply personal religious beliefs that do not belong in the legal or policy arena, especially given the Constitutionally-mandated separation of church and state. This is especially true because those beliefs and institutions historically treat women as less than equal.
HB 40 is likely not to be the last thrust for abortion in Illinois. It can get even worse.
STOP THE WAR ON UNBORN BABIES
WHY DOESN’T YOUR BABY HAVE A CHOICE… HYPOCRITE
YOU AND THE MAN THAT MADE THE BABY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR IT
Cosgrove is a deceiver or a moron, you decide which. The seperarion of Church and state is one where the STATE HAS TO KEEP ITS NOSE OUT OF RELIGION. THUS THE FREE EXERCISE OF RELIGION. Religious people are certainly allowed to participate in state govt.
Cosgrove stated it is disturbing to recognize that too often, public policy is not based on these principles. Rather, public policy is often dictated by narrowly-held, deeply personal religious beliefs that do not belong in the legal or policy arena
That is your opinion and it has no value to us. Cosgrove tried to deny Christians our constitutionally protected freedoms: Cosgrove try reading the Bill of Rights in the Illinois constitution
SECTION 3. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination, shall forever be guaranteed, and no person shall be denied any civil or political right, privilege or capacity, on account of his religious opinions;
Art. VII, clause 2, U.S. Constitution, contains an express recognition of the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Is that “unconstitutional”? I think not – It is, after all, “in the Constitution”.
Cosgrove your version of seperation of church and state is a myth
One more thing Cosgrove, all the power is inherent in the PEOPLE, THE PEOPLE CREATED THE GOVERNMENT.
From the 1818 Illinois constitution:
That the general, great and essential principles of liberty and free government may be recognized and unalterably established, WE DECLARE (we the people declare):
1. That all men are born equally free and independent, and have certain inherent and indefeasible rights; among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, and of acquiring, possessing and protecting property and reputation, and of pursuing their own happiness.
2. That all power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and happiness.
3. That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences; that no man can of right be compelled to attend, erect, or support any place of worship, or to maintain any ministry against his consent; that no human authority can, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience; and that no preference shall ever be given by law to any religious establishments or modes of worship.
We the People declared what are rights are when we the people ratified the state constitution that CREATED state govt. We told the state govt what our right are. We told the state govt what they must and cannot do concerning our God given rights. Our constitutionally protected rights do not come from state govt.
How about STOP THE WAR ON AMERICAS BABIES??? We the people have made abortion legal and smarter people in the future have the ability to make it illegal. As Evil and Sick as it is to murder our future Doctors, Scientists, Inventors, Entreprenuers, Laborers and Service Professionals by the millions it is even worse when the mothers and fathers of these Babies take no responsibility. We made Alcohol legal but we didn’t pass a law so 100% of the taxpayers would pay for the Drunks supply of booze or the DUI’s and damages caused after the Drunkfest. It is obvious that we would create more Drunks unaccountable for their alcoholism. The same goes for brand new Mothers and Fathers, WHY SHOULD 100% OF THE TAX PAYERS PAY FOR THIS EVIL ACT COMMITTED BY THE IGNORANCE OF THE SMALL MINORITY?? Accountability for ourselves and the mistakes we make is the only way we can grow as people, the lack of accountability proposed by socialist bills like HB40 will continue to kill the culture of Illinois as we Murder the most precious of us all. Not to mention ILLINOIS IS BROKE , DUMB SHITS!! Even if this was a Socialist Act of Kindness where does the money come from a bankrupt state??