The flurry of new bills being introduced can seem to be overwhelming sometimes, especially just pre-ceding the deadline for introduction of bills. Well, we are past the deadlines, and the legislature has introduced 6,089 bills along with House and Senate Resolutions and Constitutional amendments, including SJRCA 4, the Equal Rights Amendment again. We have fought off the ERA almost every year since 1995 in Illinois, and will continue to work toward that end this year again.
Pro-life legislation, such as HB 282, which bans sex selection abortions and abortions based upon disabilities, HB 283, the Ultrasound Opportunity Act, and HB 532, banning the sale of tissue from aborted babies, have not only been assigned to the House Human Services Committee ( graveyard for pro-life legislation), but have now been assigned by the committee chair to a committee titled the Informed Consent Subcommittee (which has not been scheduled to meet).
Rep. Jerry Costello (D) has introduced HB 3210, which prohibits abortions after 20 weeks gestation. Any facility that performs such an abortion, except to save the life of the mother, will lose state funding for a period of two years. That legislation is currently in the House Rules Committee.
HB 444, which increases the tax credit from $500 to $1,500 for parents sending their children to private schools, is still in the House Revenue and Finance Committee. While some state that this will increase the cost to the state, it costs the state much less for a $1,500 credit than what would be spent on these students while in the Public schools. According to the website www.governing.com, in comparing state costs for education, Illinois spends $13,077 per student in public schools. Tuition tax credit is a bar-gain for Illinois, but opposed by the Teachers’ Union.
A Real Battle!
We are in a spiritual battle—something which many believers hold themselves aloof from. The reality is, we must fight the good fight as soldiers of Jesus Christ.
Thomas Paine wrote on December 23, 1776:
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but her that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.”
We ask for your prayers and financial support in our efforts to help preserve the freedom God has given us in the United States. Thank you for your encouragement in the work.
Pray for open doors for new support. Recently a supporting church has changed its missionary support requirements, and as a result, we have lost $100 in monthly support. It is not easy to raise new financial support, but with your help and prayers, we will continue on in the good fight! Thank you!!!