Activists seek injunction against Illinois abortion law

Dec 28, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Conservative activists and legislators pressing a lawsuit against publicly funded abortions in Illinois are 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 obligation" to paying for abortions. He says Illinois' budget crisis also makes financing them a problem.