A controversial abortion bill in Illinois has led to a lawsuit against state officials.
If the law goes into effect, House Bill 40 would require public funding of tens of thousands of elective abortions, according to Peter Breen, special counsel with the Thomas More Society. He explains they are challenging the legislation in court.
"The issue of taxpayer-funded abortion is one place where the fiscal conservative strain and the social conservative strain come together," he points out, "because even folks who are pro-choice on abortion don't want their tax dollars going to pay for other people's elective abortions."
Breen tells OneNewsNow that the lawsuit, filed on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Illinois taxpayers, alleges there isn't money set aside by the general assembly to pay for these elective abortions. In addition, the suit claims legislative tricks were played with this bill.
"This bill was held after the cut-off date imposed by the Illinois Constitution for the General Assembly to finish its work," says the attorney. "So the bill can't be effective for another year, and so you don't get this short effective date that the advocates are trying to impose.
"So we would hope to put the bill off to at least June 1 so we'd get an injunction for that purpose hopefully by the end of the year."
Breen adds that a broad coalition of pro-life groups are joining together to bring this lawsuit forward.