Sneaky and stealthy as ever, PPFA opens 17th “health center” in Illinois

By Dave Andrusko Gosh, where have we heard this before? Planned Parenthood, which already had 16 “health centers” in the state of Illinois, quietly and without notifying sympathetic local officials, opened up a 17th. Located at 19831 Governors Highway in Flossmoor in south suburban Cook County, the 11,470-square-foot, single-story brick building is 29 miles from …

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Court Ruling a Hopeful Sign for Pro-Life Nurses, Docs in Illinois

By Jay Hobbs An Illinois nurse who was muscled out of her job because she wouldn’t participate in abortions is now one step closer to fighting her case before a jury of her peers. Sandra (Mendoza) Rojas had worked as a Winnebago County public health nurse for 18 years before a new supervisor forced her …

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Pro-life Illinois legislators introduce bill to ban Down syndrome abortions

By Dave Andrusko The worse fear of pro-abortionists is that a particular type of pro-life legislation will “catch on.” As NRL News Today readers recall, on December 22, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act which prohibits abortion for the sole reason of a Down syndrome diagnosis. Currently Indiana and North Dakota …

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Controversial Abortion Bill Prompts Taxpayer Lawsuit Against Illinois Officials

Thomas More Society Sues to Stop “HB 40” Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a release provided by the Thomas More Society. On November 30, 2017, the Thomas More Society filed a taxpayer lawsuit against State of Illinois officials in a counterattack against House Bill 40, which requires public funding of tens of thousands of …

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Illinois Gov. signs bill to widely expand taxpayer-subsidized abortions

By Dave Andrusko Illinois’s pro-abortion Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the highly controversial HB 40 into law on Thursday, surprising only in that as recently as April Rauner said he wouldn’t support it because of “sharp divisions of opinion of taxpayer funding of abortion.” The impact is potentially immense. The Chicago Tribune summarized the bill’s reach: …

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Will Illinois Governor sign HB 40?

By Dave Andrusko Illinois Federation for Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate, put it squarely in the headline accompanying a post on its webpage: “3,800 Innocent Lives a Year Depend on Governor Rauner.” The post reads The eyes of Illinois and the entire country are on Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner this week. Earlier this year, …

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Illinois, Hawaii put federal funding in jeopardy by forcing pregnancy centers, doctors to promote abortion

Editor’s note. This update was provided by the Alliance Defending Freedom. WASHINGTON – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed complaints Monday with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of pregnancy care centers and pro-life doctors in Illinois and Hawaii who are being forced to advertise for the abortion industry. The federal Church …

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HUGE Free-Speech Win in Illinois, Where State is Trying to Force Pro-Lifers to Refer for Abortions

By Jay Hobbs In July a federal judge in Illinois handed down a major victory for religious conscience and free speech protection, granting a statewide preliminary injunction against a 2016 law change that would force pro-life medical providers to refer patients to abortion businesses upon request. Though the law has not yet been enforced despite …

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Illinois Judge Halts State’s Free Speech Assault on Pro-Life Docs, Clinics

By Jay Hobbs Pro-life advocates in Illinois are celebrating the first of what they hope to be many victories in the fight against a new state law that would force pro-life doctors, nurses and pregnancy centers to refer patients for abortions, following a preliminary injunction handed down late last Tuesday. The injunction, granted by Judge …

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Pro-Lifers Challenge Compelled Abortion Endorsement Law at Hearing

By Jay Hobbs The free speech and religious liberty rights of Illinoisans are in the hands of Judge Eugene Doherty of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Northern Illinois, after Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) senior counsel Matt Bowman pled his case Wednesday afternoon. Telling the courtroom the case “deserves more attention than the time available …

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Emmy Award in Hand, Aid for Women Hoping to Celebrate One More Win

By Jay Hobbs Chicago-based Aid for Women, which has served thousands of women each year since 1978, is celebrating an unusual victory after hauling in its first-ever Emmy at Saturday night’s Chicago-Midwest Emmy Awards. Produced in partnership with Spirit Juice Videos, the award-winning video featured a former client, Janessa, who chose life for her son, …

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Life-Saving Center, Mobile Ultrasound Unit Awaiting Free Speech Ruling in Illinois

By Karen Ingle A lawsuit was nowhere on Tiffany Staman’s radar when she joined Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford (Illinois] as executive director back in 2014. But, two years later, that’s exactly where Staman and her center find themselves, as named plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner challenging his ratification of a …

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