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Medicaid Abortion Payment Rule Stands in Illinois (1)

March 21, 2019, 2:51 PMUpdated: March 21, 2019, 8:21 PM

Anti-abortion groups in Illinois failed to persuade the state’s highest court to review a decision that let stand a law requiring the state’s Medicaid agency to pay for elective abortions.

The Illinois Supreme Court denied review of the case March 20, over a dissent written by Justice Robert R. Thomas. A lower state court had refused to consider Springfield Right to Life’s challenge to the law, known as HB 40, saying the political question doctrine barred review.

Courts often defer to lawmakers on “political questions.”

“The people of Illinois spoke through their elected officials to insure that everyone in Illinois...

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