Big Changes on State and National Fronts
In the past year and a half, two new Supreme Court Justices have been appointed. New laws have been passed. The controversy over Roe v. Wade continues among pro-life and pro-abortion individuals and organizations. Change is in the air, in both directions. Last year, Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed a law to allow taxpayer-subsidized abortions. The move by Rauner was likely a contributing factor in his recent loss to J.B. Pritzger, as thousands of pro-life Illinois voters chose to cast votes for other conservative candidates or to abstain from the state’s gubernatorial vote.
HB40 allows the Medicaid and State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971 to cover the cost of abortions. Before HB 40, the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services (HFS) recorded that from January 2017 to June 2017 there were 84 abortion reimbursement requests. From January to June 2018, there were 314 abortion reimbursements requests—a 274% increase. Many have suggested that these numbers will grow dramatically, especially if laws in neighboring states like Indiana become more restrictive on abortion. In 2014, 2,970 out-of-state individuals had abortions in Illinois. In 2017, that number grew to 5,528. This trend indicates that abortion-favorable laws in Illinois are likely fueling the increase.
Planned Parenthood Is Positioned to Benefit from HB40
As abortion is debated across the country, Planned Parenthood continues to fight for abortion rights. Planned Parenthood manager of external affairs, Julie Lynn, commented, “It is essential to make sure that women will have access to safe and legal abortion in Illinois. HB 40 ended the discriminatory practices of denying women in Illinois coverage based on how much money she makes or where she works.” Going beyond the rhetoric, the abortion giant opened a new facility in Flossmoor, positioned to capture business from Illinois-subsidized procedures as well as out-of-state women seeking abortions in Illinois. The last annual report released by Planned Parenthood reported income of about $1.5 billion, largely from abortions.
Abortions Increase in Illinois, Drop Dramatically in DuPage
Abortions in Illinois have declined consistently over the past several years—until last year. In 2017, abortions went up 2.5% statewide, with a record 14% of abortions performed on out-of-state women. By contrast, in DuPage County, where Caring Network Illinois is based, abortions dropped by another 13% in a single year. In the last five years, abortions dropped 34% in DuPage County. Caring Network offers practical help to women so that they have a real choice. And when women have a real choice, a majority of them choose life.
Volunteer Opportunities at Caring Network
No one knows what the future of our country holds, on the political front or the cultural front. We are grateful that we can trust in God, rather than in people, for our welfare. Caring Network will continue to provide compassionate care that makes a positive difference, no matter what laws are passed. You can help us make a difference, by volunteering at one of our centers or collecting needed supplies. To learn more about volunteer opportunities with Caring Network, for individuals and for groups, visit caringnetwork.com/get-involved.