Lawsuit Seeks To Block Illinois Abortion Coverage Expansion

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Published on 30 Nov 2017, 23:24
Abortion opponents in Illinois filed a lawsuit on Thursday to block a recently approved law expanding state-funded coverage of abortions for low-income Medicaid recipients and state workers. The lawsuit was filed in Sangamon County Circuit Court on behalf of taxpayers by the conservative Thomas More Society, along with some state lawmakers and anti-abortion groups. It asked a judge to block state funding for the law, arguing that the state failed to set aside up to $30 million in the budget to pay for abortions. The lawsuit also argued that the law could not take effect until June 2018, instead of January, because of when it was approved. Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed the bill in September, upsetting many conservatives. Illinois’ Medicaid program has previously covered abortions in cases of rape, incest and when a mother’s life or health is threatened. The expansion would enable poor women to obtain elective abortions. The law would also allow state employees to have the procedures covered under state health insurance.
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