State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) joined a bipartisan coalition of House members on Tuesday to state their united opposition to the inclusion of taxpayer funds for elective abortion services in the FY 2019 budget.
“This is an issue we feel very strongly about,” said Morrison. “We have been talking with our respective leadership and budget negotiation teams for weeks about this, and we are asking that our objections and moral convictions be respected. Forcing taxpayers to pay for elected abortions in spite of all of our other budgetary priorities is something we felt we needed to raise attention to.”
Specifically, Morrison and his colleagues suggested various ways that a budget could be formulated in a manner that would allow pro-life lawmakers to vote their moral convictions while still voting on the integrity of the rest of the budget. Solutions included an up or down vote on a single item appropriation of taxpayer funding for abortions, separating the budget into several different silos, or including language similar to the federal Hyde-amendment to the budget implementation (BIMP) bill.
“The proposed solutions would allow those of us who have taken a stand of protecting all life, including life in the womb, to stay true to our convictions while also representing our constituents with regard to passage of a budget.”