The Thomas More Society, a pro-life legal group, has appealed an Illinois judge’s decision not to block a law allocating tax dollars to pay for abortions.
The law, signed earlier this year by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, would put Illinois taxpayers on the hook for abortions for state employees and Medicaid recipients. The Thomas More Society filed suit last month on behalf of 10 pro-life groups, eight state legislators, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, calling the law a negligent use of tax dollars.
On Thursday, Associate Judge Jennifer Ascher of Sangamon County’s 7th Judicial Circuit Court denied the group’s request for an emergency injunction, temporary restraining order, and preliminary injunction against the law. Officials planned to put the law into effect Jan. 1.
Thomas More attorney Peter Breen said in a statement the ruling “clearly violated” the Illinois Constitution. —S.G.