Tag Archives: Thomas More Society
We invite you and faithful Christians across the state to join us in prayer for our state and nation. Understanding that the problems and challenges that we face as a culture are not political in nature, but primarily spiritual. As such, fervent prayer and fasting is the best way to engage in this spiritual warfare.
People who’ve been around the State Capitol a while – 10, 20, or even 30 years – experienced a “first” last session. These insiders had seen lots of legislation over the years. Hundreds of thousands of pieces of legislation, in fact. And some legislation bordered on silly. Such as requiring Illinois citizens to wear blue on Mondays. Well, that was never proposed, but you get the idea. Just by sheer numbers, by default there have been some bills that would be considered laughable.
If you keep wondering how bad laws get made in Illinois, SB 1909 is a very good example. Yes, pundits have always compared law-making to sausage-making – a messy and unsavory process. But lawmaking in Illinois has reached a whole new level of butchery as a way to disguise or mask the quality of their work – it is so different from your “normal” backroom deals (which still happen, by the way).
We are pleased to announce that former state legislator Peter Breen has been added to our line-up of speakers for the IFI Special Forum on Religious Liberty. In addition to being a pro-life hero, Peter leads the Thomas More Society’s Legal Team in service of its Life, Family, and Religious Liberty missions.
Posted in Religious Liberty
Tagged Arielle Del Turco, Center for Religious Liberty, First Amendment, National Committee for Religious Freedom, Peter Breen, Planned Parenthood, Pregnancy Resource Centers, Religious Liberty, Sam Brownback, SB 1909, Thomas More Society
In the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, little if anything has changed concerning abortion in Illinois. You would think radical pro-abortion activists and legislators would be satisfied to know the status quo remains, but sadly, you would be wrong. Even though Illinois' abortion law is one of the most liberal in the nation, pro-abortion forces are not content with unfettered access to abortion, and they are now coming after crucial pregnancy resource centers (PRCs).
Posted in Sanctity of Life
Tagged A Beacon of Light, Celina Villanueva, Consumer Fraud Act, crisis pregnancy centers, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, Hope Life Center, Kristi Hofferber, Neil Anderson, Peter Breen, Pregnancy Resource Centers, SB 1909, Serena Dye, Thomas More Society, U.S. Supreme Court
Why are so many public schools in Illinois keeping so many secrets from the public? Last August, Christopher Rufo disclosed that Lurie’s Children’s Hospital, unbeknownst to parents or the general public, was collaborating with Chicago area schools to promote “radical gender theory, trans activism, and sexually explicit materials in at least four Chicago-area public school systems: District 75, District 120, District 181, and District 204.” Three of these school districts are elementary districts and one is a high school district.
Posted in Education
Tagged ACLU, ADF, Chicago Public Schools, Christopher Rufo, Comprehensive Sex Education, Dawn Ravine, Illinois State Board of Education, JB Pritzker, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, National Sex Ed Standards, SEL, Sexuality Education Program Coordinator, Society for Evidence Based Gender Medicine, Thomas More Society, Trevor Project
Did you hear in the mainstream media about the scores of attacks, including some firebombings, of the Planned Parenthood facilities by pro-life extremists?
Did you hear about the harassment of the pro-abortion politicians and judges for their pro-choice stance?
Posted in Sanctity of Life
Tagged Alicia Powe, Compass Care, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Center, Elizabeth Warren, Jane’s Revenge, Jim Harden, Jim Jordan, Micaiah Bilger, Thomas Brejcha, Thomas More Society, U.S. House of Representatives
Obama judicial appointee Judge John Z. Lee of the Northern District of Illinois ruled against The Beloved Church last week as they filed a federal complaint challenging Governor J.B. Pritzker‘s emergency Executive Orders. The pastor and church, located in Lena, Illinois, are seeking to have their First Amendment rights restored to them in order to host regular services of up to 80 people each week.
Judge Lee’s reasoning in his decision denying the church’s complaint was shocking:
It is difficult to see why the legislature would recognize these long-running problems as disasters, yet divest the Governor of the tools
A federal lawsuit has been filed against New York City and the state, too, over their effort to include abortion in civil rights protections.
Posted in Religious Liberty, Sanctity of Life
Tagged Andrew Cuomo, Chris Slattery, Contraception Coverage Act, EMC Frontline, Evergreen Association, Expectant Mother Care, Inc., Reproductive Health Act, SB 25, Thomas More Society, Timothy Belz
We at IFI and IFA have been humbled and blessed by the words of encouragement, prayers, and support we have received over the past two weeks from subscribers. We can’t adequately express how thankful we are for such support or describe how is has bolstered our spirits and strengthened our resolve to act and speak boldly in defense of the least among us.
Posted in Faith, Sanctity of Life
Tagged 2nd vote, Catholic Citizens of Illinois, Concerned Citizens for America, Concerned Women for America of Illinois, Freedom's Journal Institute, HJR 55, Illinois Conservative Union, Nehemiah Leaders, prayer alert, Restore Our Constitution, Rockford Pro-Life Initiative, Thomas More Society
In an email, conservative Chicago attorney Joseph A. Morris, former Assistant Attorney General of the United States, President and General Counsel of The Lincoln Legal Foundation, and frequent guest on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight,” told IFI that he is “thrilled by the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh,” elaborating...
Posted in Federal
Tagged Amy Coney Barrett, Anthony Kennedy, Brett Kavanaugh, Chicago Tonight, David French, Donald J. Trump, Jay Sekulow, Joseph A. Morris, SCOTUS, Ted Cruz, The Lincoln Legal Foundation, Thomas More Society
The Thomas More Society has now moved for an emergency injunction to be heard on Thursday, December 28, to stop State of Illinois officials from providing tens of thousands of taxpayer funded abortions in the New Year.
Additional legislators and groups will also seek to join the suit that day, including State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) and State Senator Neil Anderson (R-Rock Island).
Posted in Sanctity of Life
Tagged Barbara Wheeler, Charlie Meier, Dale Fowler, Dan McConchie, HB 40, Jeanne Ives, Jennifer Ascher, Keith Wheeler, Kyle McCarter, Neil Anderson, Paul Schimpf, Peter Breen, Sam McCann, Steve Reick, Thomas More Society
Despite a full-court press by IFI and many Illinois pro-life groups--including dozens of pregnancy resource centers (PRCs)--Governor Bruce Rauner today chose to sign legislation that will result in our state government requiring pro-life medical professionals to refer patients for medical procedures/services they find morally objectionable such as abortion, sterilization and certain end-of-life care protocols. This is not the result for which so many hoped and prayed.
On Wednesday afternoon, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and the Thomas More Society filed a lawsuit in federal court against School District 211 and the Department of Education (DOE) on behalf of 51 district families who rightly claim that the district and the Department of Education “trample students’ privacy” rights and create an “intimidating and hostile environment” for girls who are being forced to share the girls locker room and restrooms with a boy who wishes he were a girl.
The lawsuit claims that the DOE’s reinterpretation of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, is unlawful. The DOE through …
The Illinois Appellate Court, Second Judicial District, has overturned a lower court’s dismissal of a zoning and fraud lawsuit brought by the Thomas More Society on behalf of Fox Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood and several neighbors. The Society argued that the zoning of the mega-abortion facility (built eight years ago in Aurora, Illinois) was illegal, as it was (and remains) located in a business development district – an area which is exclusively reserved for profit-making businesses. The appellate court remanded the case for discovery and further proceedings in the circuit court focused on the nearby residents’ primary contention – …