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Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Pro-Life Lawsuit against the State of Illinois

On November 30, 2017, the Thomas More Society filed a taxpayer lawsuit against State of Illinois officials in a counter attack against House Bill 40, which requires public funding of tens of thousands of elective abortions. The taxpayer lawsuit, filed in the Sangamon County Circuit Court, is brought on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Illinois taxpayers, represented by county and statewide pro-life organizations including the Illinois Federation for Right to Life and it's many affiliates.

HB 40 would force every Illinoisan to pay for free abortions for those on Medicaid and state employee health insurance. This would apply through the full nine months of pregnancy and for any reason, even when the latest scientific research has shown that the unborn child can feel pain and survive outside the womb.

The Thomas More society is a not for profit national public interest law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious freedom. The Thomas More Society is based in Chicago. Please consider helping the Thomas More Society with your financial support.

Vision 2020 - Week 39 - Rep. Chad Hays and Rep. Sara Wojcicki

Pray for our legislators...

Thank you for praying with us!!

Vision 2020 and the Illinois Federation for Right to Life would like to invite you to join us in praying for our state legislators.  We will send out information about a couple different state representatives each week for you to pray over.

Consider sharing this information with your ministry partners, your church family, on your website and/or your Facebook page.

We know that prayer changes things.  And we know that NOTHING is impossible with God. So let's join our hearts and voices together and petition heaven on behalf of the great state of Illinois!

Some of our legislators need prayer that God will open their eyes and change their hearts (or move them out of their positions) and some need prayers that they will have the strength, courage and boldness to be able to stand firmly against the opposition as they fight for life and family values.

News Summary:

U.S. Senate passes major tax reform, excludes unborn

For the first time in over thirty years, Congress is on course to pass sweeping tax reform legislation. But in the process they omitted an innovative pro-life measure that would have granted important legal recognition to unborn children.  Click here for more

Pro-lifers say they are fighting 'modern eugenics'

Pregnant Woman with Doctor
Alliance Defending Freedom along with lawyers from the Bioethics Defense Fund filed a friend-of-the-court brief in November with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

According to ADF, the brief was filed on behalf of three Down syndrome groups and a women's advocacy organization that support a law in Indiana banning abortions based solely on a child's disability, race, or gender.  Click here for more

Taxpayer-funded abortion law met with Illinois lawsuit

Pregnant Credit Unsplash CNA
A new Illinois law requiring public funding of elective abortions is opposed by pro-life groups and taxpayers who have sued the state, calling the measure illegal.

“The people of Illinois totally reject taxpayer-funded abortions,” said Peter Breen, Special Counsel for the Thomas More Society, a non-profit legal group in Chicago, in a statement released Thursday.  Click here for more

VIDEO: Abortion activist punches pro-life teen outside Planned Parenthood, gives concussion

Thomas (in red) speaks at an anti-Planned Parenthood
rally in April 2017
An angry abortion activist punched a pro-life high school student outside a Planned Parenthood on Saturday, giving her a minor concussion but strengthening her resolve to fight abortion.

Another pro-life activist caught the assault on camera...  Click here for more

Catholic priest, pro-lifers arrested for witnessing inside U.S. abortion centers

of the Red Rose Rescue team: (L to R) Julia Haag,
Father Stephen Imbarrato, Joan McKee. Dec. 2, 2017.
Eleven pro-lifers were arrested Saturday, Dec. 2 in the second Red Rose Rescue. The pro-life defense of the unborn took place in three different clinics: Stephen Brigham’s Capital Women's Services 6323 Georgia Ave NW Suite 210, Washington, DC, the Alexandria Women’s Health Clinic 101 S Whiting St, Alexandria, VA, and the Women’s Center Clinic 6765 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI. owned by abortionist Jacob Kalo.  Click here for more

11 Attorneys General back Trump Administration in dispute over undocumented teenager’s abortion

Pro-Abortion Activsts celebrate the killing of
unborn Latina baby
The undocumented, unaccompanied 17-year-old from Central America secured an abortion, thanks to the ACLU and the DC Court of Appeals. Our last few stories about this human tragedy focused on the Trump administration’s insistence that the ACLU had not been straight about what would happen (and how quickly) once the full DC Court of Appeals decided a minor illegal alien (“Jane Doe”) had a constitutional right to an abortion . For this and other reasons, the Department of Justice filed a petition, asking the Supreme Court to vacate the decision and punish the ACLU.  Click here for more

Helping Women Doesn’t Mean Advocating Abortion. Quite the Opposite, In Fact.

Leaders at a recent G-7 gathering agreed to help
women, children. Naturally, that came as an outrage
for abortion extremists.
This November, member nations of the “Group of 7” (G-7) met in Italy to discuss current global health issues and challenges. To the outrage of abortion activists, the G-7 members landed on language that omits abortion terms under the “Gender Perspective in Health Policies and Rights for Women, Children and Adolescents” section of the communique.  Click here for more

VIDEO: Abortion center kills perfectly healthy babies who could survive outside the womb

An undercover phone call revealed the willingness of a late-term abortion facility in the nation’s capital to abort a healthy, 26-week-old baby.

This call is the latest undercover investigation from Priests for Life and Abortion Free New Mexico. The pro-life groups are releasing calls with abortion centers that show abortion businesses are more than willing to abort healthy babies late into pregnancy for no reason.  Click here for more

Other News:

Couple credits anonymous sidewalk counselor with saving their son, now 15, from abortion

Court: Arkansas can defund Planned Parenthood

Pennsylvania legislators to vote on ‘extreme’ legislation ending painful dismemberment abortions

2018 Book Celebrates Hollywood Abortionist Who Did 50,000 Abortions

European Union Warns Poland Not to Pass Pro-Life Legislation The move marks an unprecedented intervention into the democratic process of a Member State

Ban on Brutal Dismemberment Abortions Approved by Pennsylvania House Committee Previously passed in Senate

Attorney: No one wants to pay for others' elective abortions

Illinois taxpayers sue state over controversial bill expanding abortion coverage

Giant ‘prayer walk’ causes over 50% drop in killings at abortion center

WashPost Omits Virginia Abortion Mill Transformed Into Free Family Clinic

Pennsylvania state house considers dismemberment ban already approved by state senate The measure would also change abortion limit in Pennsylvania

Abortionists lament more clinic inspection since John Kasich elected Ohio governor

Massachusetts Medical Society drops opposition to doctor-prescribed suicide

Arkansas AG appeals decision preliminary enjoining four pro-life laws

The ‘What If I hadn’t been born?’ question and why it so annoys pro-abortionists

Planned Parenthood laments costs of needing access to an OB-GYN when women are injured in chemical abortions

No One Should Be Forced to Participate in Abortion

The legacy of a pro-life giant

Students for Life sues Ohio university for trying to block pro-life speech

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