In response to the recent signing of HB 40, State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) has joined a group of bipartisan lawmakers who want to roll back provisions that would allow for taxpayer-funded elective abortions for state employees and Medicaid recipients.
This week Morrison signed on as a co-sponsor of HB 4114, which would create the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” The bill would reverse key provisions of HB 40 by prohibiting units of government from using taxpayer funds for elective abortions. “When HB 40 was signed, it put Illinois taxpayers on the hook to pay for an open-ended number of abortions each year,” said Morrison. “It is unconscionable to force pro-life residents to fund the taking of innocent life that harms the individuals involved as well as society as a whole. Furthermore, the state is in no position to absorb another tens of millions in Medicaid costs.”
HB 4114 is modeled after the federal Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal funding for abortions, other than for procedures sought in connection with pregnancies that result from rape or incest, or that threaten the life of the mother. “This new bill is seeking to put Illinois back in line with longstanding federal statutes on this issue,” Morrison added. “HB 4114 recognizes the federal exceptions and respects them.”
Identical legislation was also filed in the Senate this week as SB 2241, and the sponsors and co-sponsors of both bills will be pressing for full debate and floor votes on the bills during the upcoming fall veto session, which is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, October 24 in Springfield.