Please express your concerns about a deeply troubling proposal pending in the Illinois state capitol in Springfield.
HB 40 is a pro-abortion bill that would authorize the use of tax dollars to pay for abortions in Illinois through Medicaid and state government health care insurance plans. It is sponsored by State Representative Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago). This bill would reverse the current law which bans taxpayer funding of abortion under Medicaid.
In 1977, when the ban on taxpayer funding of abortion under Medicaid passed into law, there were over 12,700 abortions paid for under Public Aid's Medicaid program with taxpayer dollars. When the ban went into full affect after a June 1980 U.S. Supreme Court decision specifically upholding the Illinois Law, 22 abortions were paid for in 1981 with taxpayer dollars.
Since the Illinois ban on taxpayer funded abortions under the Public Aid Code was upheld by the United States Supreme Court in June 1980, at least 10,000 babies in Illinois were saved each year through 2014.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven”
We have all heard and maybe even quoted this verse when things are either going bad or when things are confused. We have come to a desperate time that God’s people must pray. American Family Association sent out a recent alert asking all who received it to pray for clarity and wisdom for those who are presenting the argument against same-sex marriage and for natural marriage. Also pray that those who will be presenting the case for the redefinition of marriage to have confusion and difficulty. Finally, pray that the Justices will have wisdom and foresight as they hear the case and that those who have a Christian world view will be strong in their discussions with the other Justices.
May this issue bring the followers of Christ to our knees, as we pray for our families, churches and nation. If the “…effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16), can you imagine what will happen when millions of believers come before the throne of God in humility and faith?
Join millions of other believers this Sunday and then again Tuesday as we petition our God for His favor on our nation. “God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us. That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.” (Psalm 67:1-2)