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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2017

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Statement of Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois on Illinois Senate Passage of HB 40

SPRINGFIELD — The hasty manner in which this appalling legislation that forces taxpayers to pay for abortions was rubber stamped today by the Illinois Senate shows the disregard most Illinois legislators have for the sanctity of human life. Thirty-three Senate votes in favor mirrors the majority that HB 40 received in the Illinois House just last week. I applaud the courage shown by 22 state senators who stood up today for life.

Make no mistake about the intent. This legislation was orchestrated to pass as quickly as possible to silence dissent on the issue of protecting the unborn by masking it behind the facade of women’s health care. It is also designed to place political pressure on the legislators who dare to stand up to lavishly-funded special interests, primarily Planned Parenthood of Illinois.  Passage is also designed to intimidate Gov. Bruce Rauner with the threat that he will jeopardize his political future if he fulfills his promise to veto HB 40.

We ask that people of good will and the love of God join me in praying for Gov. Rauner to follow through and to protect the unborn children of this state.

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