Judge Allows Illinois to Spend Taxpayer Money It Doesn’t Have on Abortions

Peter Breen in Seventh Judicial Circuit Court

Peter Breen in Sangamon County Circuit Court asking for injunction against HB 40.

The Thomas More Society is appealing the court decision that allows Illinois officials to implement a law that will put state taxpayers on the hook for paying for tens of thousands of abortions in the New Year. Associate Judge Jennifer M. Ascher of Sangamon County’s Seventh Judicial Circuit Court granted the defendants’ Motion to Dismiss and denied the Thomas More Society request for an emergency injunction and temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the controversial HB 40 in the lawsuit, Springfield Right to Life et al v. Felicia Norwood et al.

The taxpayer lawsuit, filed at the end of November in the Sangamon County Circuit Court and heard in court on December 28, 2017, is brought on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Illinois taxpayers, represented by county and statewide pro-life organizations, the Springfield Catholic Diocese, and a group of Illinois legislators from across the state.

“We respectfully disagree with the court’s ruling and will seek an immediate appeal,” stated Peter Breen, Thomas More Society Special Counsel. “The Illinois Constitution was clearly violated here.”

Read Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction here

Read Combined Memorandum in Support of Plaintiffs’ Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction and in Response to Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss here

Read Declaration of Professor Michael New here

Read the Plaintiff’s Unopposed Motion for Leave to File a Verified Amended Taxpayer Complaint here.

Read the original Petition for Leave to File a Taxpayer Action to Restrain and Enjoin the Disbursement of Public Funds and the Taxpayer Complaint to Restrain and Enjoin the Disbursement of Public Funds here.

Read additional background on HB 40 and the lawsuit against Illinois officials here

Watch Thomas More Society special Counsel Peter Breen speaking to the press after the HB 40 Ruling here.