After listening to 90 minutes of oral arguments from defenders and opponents of taxpayer-funded abortion in Illinois, it took Judge Jennifer M. Ascher less than 10 minutes on Dec. 28 to rule that House Bill 40 would take affect, as scheduled, on Jan. 1, 2018. Opponents of the new law quickly filed an appeal of the ruling.
“We respectfully disagree with the court’s ruling,” said Peter Breen, Thomas More Society special counsel. “The Illinois Constitution was clearly violated here.”
On Jan. 2, Breen filed an appeal with the 4th District appellate court on behalf of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, several pro-life legislators and numerous other plaintiffs. Judge Ascher’s ruling allowed Illinois officials to implement HB 40, that will put state taxpayers on the hook for paying for tens of thousands of abortions beginning at the first of the year. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the measure into law last September after initially promising Catholic Church leaders to veto the measure.
Associate Judge Ascher of Sangamon County’s Seventh Judicial Circuit Court granted the state’s Motion to Dismiss and denied Breen’s request for an emergency injunction and temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the controversial HB 40 in the lawsuit, Springfield Right to Life et al v. Felicia Norwood et al.
In addition to arguing the plaintiffs’ strenuous opposition to taxpayer-funded abortion, Breen also questioned the exact date that HB 40 was passed by the General Assembly and how tens of thousands of non-budgeted abortions in 2018 for women carrying Medicaid or state employee health insurance coverage can be paid for when it is already in serious debt.