Illinois ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’ (SB 1779)
This law was last updated on Feb 26, 2019
SB 1779 would prohibit the state and any of its subdivisions from authorizing the use of, appropriating, or expending funds to pay for an abortion or to cover any part of the costs of a health plan that includes coverage of abortion or to provide or refer for an abortion, except when the pregnant person’s life is in danger.
The exception would only apply when a pregnant person suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would place them in danger of death if an abortion is not performed.
The bill would amend the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971 and the Illinois Public Aid Code to exclude coverage for elective abortions.
The bill would prohibit a physician from providing medical assistance to anyone eligible for medical assistance benefits if the physician has been found guilty of willfully and wantonly performing an abortion procedure upon an individual who was not pregnant at the time of the procedure. Any such physician would be automatically removed from the list of physicians qualified to participate as a vendor of medical services under the medical assistance program.
The bill would require that a written statement, including the required opinion of a physician, to accompany any claim for reimbursement for abortions, or induced miscarriages or premature births. The statement would need to indicate what procedures were used in providing such medical services.
The bill would prohibit the granting of financial aid where the purpose of such aid is to obtain an abortion, induced miscarriage or induced premature birth, unless such procedures were necessary to save the life of the pregnant individual.
Problem Pregnancy Health Services and Care Act
The bill would permit the department to make grants to nonprofit agencies and organizations which do not use such grants to refer or counsel for, or perform, abortions.
2/15/19 – Introduced.