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Email your Illinois Rep - No Tax Dollars for Abortions!

Please express your concerns about a deeply troubling proposal pending in the Illinois state capitol in Springfield.

TAKE ACTION: Send a message to your state representative to ask him to vote AGAINST HB 40.

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.

TAKE ACTION: Send a message to your state representative to ask him to vote AGAINST HB 40.


2 Timothy 3:1 “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.” (NASB)

Paul is writing to Timothy who seems to be discouraged with the way his life and the world are going.  In my vernacular Paul seems to be saying, “You haven’t seen anything yet.  It is only going to get worse.”  The New Bible Commentary: Revised says, “The sinfulness of human self-will will find full, unrestrained expression in deed, word and thought.  The practice of reverence, dutifulness, gratitude, love of kindred and covenant-keeping will cease.”

“The last days” refers to at least two segments of time.  First, the time of the church from being birthed at Pentecost until the return of Christ is the most common reference. Second, I believe that the phrase “the last days” in 2 Timothy 3:1, refers to the consummation of the age.  So the time in which we live should not take us by surprise, nor unprepared.  God, through Paul and Peter’s (2 Peter 3:3-4) writings has warned us that we have not seen anything yet.  Even during these difficult times that seem to be worldwide we can look up because we know “that our redemption is drawing near.”

The truth of this promise is good for any difficult time.  If these are not “the last days” before the consummation of the age and these are just difficult days we experience until Christ’s return, we still look up. He is still our Deliverer. He is the Rock of our Salvation and He is our Strong and Mighty Tower.  We can trust Him in all our “difficult times,” whether they are personal, regional, national, or global like they are now. Remember He is still on the throne regardless of the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage and you can trust Him.


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