Business is booming for Planned Parenthood in Illinois, where a pro-life leader predicts the state is going to see a major spike in abortions in the wake of the governor signing legislation putting all abortions on the taxpayers' tab.
In September, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) – in a move that angered his pro-life base of his party – signed House Bill 40, which forces taxpayers to pay for abortion through all nine months of pregnancy through Medicaid. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, more than 4,500 women had crossed into the state in 2016 for an abortion – up from approximately 3,200 such abortions the previous year – even before the new law was enacted.
The Associated Press reports that activists on both sides of the abortion debate speculate that more restrictive statutes in surrounding states could be sending more women to Illinois. Emily Troscinski, executive director of Illinois Right to Life, predicts a boom in abortions in her state.
The Illinois law, she argues, is "encouraging and attracting people from other states to come to Illinois to circumvent their state laws; and, in some cases, to get illegal free abortions through our Medicaid system, because there aren't the checks and balances in place that there need to be."
According to Troscinski, Planned Parenthood – obviously – benefits from the increased demand.
"They are now opening four new locations across the state to increase the number of abortions," she informs. "All other states are declining in the number of abortions and they're trying to capitalize on being the abortion oasis of the Midwest, just pulling people in from every different state possible."
One of the new Planned Parenthood abortuaries is located to the south of Chicago close enough for easy access by abortion seekers from Indiana, which has many life-affirming laws in place.
Planned Parenthood, according to Troscinski, engages in a "pay-for-play" campaign by helping to financially back political candidates who play the game their way and, once in office, pass laws that send more money the abortion giant's way.