What You Need To Know About HB 40

By Ron Rodrigo, MT, BS, Legislative Chair

There is yet another controversial issue that the Illinois General Assembly is considering. This is House Bill 40 (HB 40), formerly called HB 4013. HB 40 primarily provides free Medicaid abortions without any restrictions. Currently, the State Medicaid program pays for abortions in cases of rape, incest and health concerns of the mother. Through HB 40, abortion for any reason such as for convenience alone will be free for those on Medicaid and for state employees as well. Abortion through the full nine months of pregnancy will also be permitted. Furthermore, there is no limit to the number of abortions that will be shouldered by Medicaid. The bill has not placed any cap to the amount of money being covered by Medicaid. According the “Illinois Right to Life” this may lead to a significant increase of abortion. It may increase Illinois abortions as many as 12,000 more per year and as a result, can cause the State over millions of dollars. It is also interesting to learn that in 2014, 145 abortions were covered by Medicaid. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Legislative Affairs noted that $243,371 was used to pay for abortions. This pattern may definitely continue and increase even more once the General Assembly votes for HB 40. http://illinoisrighttolife.org/we-need-you-to-act/