Pro-life, pro-family coalition urges Illinois House to reject taxpayer-funded abortions

Pro-life, pro-family coalition urges Illinois House to reject taxpayer-funded abortions


CHICAGO – Speak Out Illinois, a coalition of pro-life and pro-family organizations across the state, today urged lawmakers in the Illinois House to reject legislation allowing taxpayer money to be used for abortions.


House Bill 4013 lifts the current prohibition on state workers’ health insurance plans from paying for elective abortions, as well as the prohibition on using public money to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid patients. The legislation also allows taxpayer-funded grants to be distributed to organizations that recommend and perform abortions, such as Planned Parenthood.


HB 4013 earlier this month was moved by House leaders into a status that allows it to be voted on at any time.  “This legislation is a slap in the face to Illinois taxpayers by forcing them to support abortion no matter their personal beliefs,” said John Kirkwood, Co-Director of Speak Out Illinois.


Ann Scheidler, Co-Director of the organization, criticized lawmakers for the legislative maneuver.  “Lawmakers are not doing the will of the people with such tactics,” Scheidler said.


Taxpayer funding of Abortion is completely objectionable and should never be considered in any bill.




A list of member organizations of Speak Out Illinois may be found at the following link:

Speaking of Life: SpeakOut Illinois 2017

Speaking of Life: SpeakOut Illinois 2017

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Scott Klusendorf

SATURDAY, MARCH 4th, 2017 @ the Meadows Club ( 2950 Golf Road, IL, Rolling Meadows, IL, 60008, United States)

Join us for breakfast. Registration between 8-9am, followed by a sit down breakfast. Following breakfast will be 3 TED-TALK style speeches:

Inside Planned Parenthood | Linda Couri
Illinois Legislation | Dan McConchie
End of Life Issues | Dawn Fitzpatrick

We will then break for a snack and an opportunity to tour the Sponsor tables and network with fellow pro-lifers. To be followed by our presentation of the Henry Hyde Award to Scott Klusendorf and a Lifetime Special Recognition Award to Joe Scheidler, just before the Keynote address. Scott Klusendorf will deliver the Keynote Address and we will end our day as we always have with a Memorial for the Unborn.

Scott Klusendorf is the founder and president of Life Training Institute (LTI), which was established in 2004 to challenge and equip pro-life advocates to persuasively defend their views in the public square.
Scott travels throughout the United States, Canada and Europe training groups of people to engage the conversation about abortion. He contends that the pro-life message can compete in the marketplace of ideas if properly understood and articulated.
A passionate and engaging speaker, Scott has appeared on nationally syndicated Christian programs, such as Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family, Lee Strobel’s Faith Under Fire and Billy Graham’s Hour of Decision. He has also participated in secular talk show appearances, including KABC out of Los Angeles.

THERE IS NO TEEN-SPEAK THIS YEAR. Teens are welcome and we encourage you to bring them along and even sponsor a scholarship for teens but they will be sitting with us throughout the conference.

Tables of ten postmarked before 2/25/17: $600 each.
Table of eight postmarked before 2/25/17: $480 each.
Registration postmarked before 2/25/17: $65 each.
Registration postmarked after 2/25/17: $75 each.
Registration for students & clergy: $40 each.

Mail with check payable to SpeakOut Illinois to:
SpeakOut Illinois 2017
PO Box 300, Bensenville, IL 60106
To register by credit card, REGISTER ONLINE
Questions? Call Ann at 773-777-2900


Rose Dinner - Chicago

Rose Dinner – Chicago


Join us on Saturday, January 14th, for the first annual Rose Dinner Chicago, as Pro-Life activists come togetherqee55ovt from all over to break bread and kick off the March for Life weekend. This year along with a wonderful dinner we will be treated to a panel discussion from some of the most critical voices of our generation as they break down where we are now and how we get to an abortion-free America. $65/SEAT – REGISTER HERE

Join SpeakOut Illinois and March for Life-Chicago, as we eavesdrop on Senator Dan McConchie, Representative Peter Breen, Mary Hallan FioRito, and Eric Scheidler. These four leaders will engage one another in an impromptu, honest conversation about the obstacles ahead and the tactics that we must employ for victory.

Cocktail hour from 6 to 7pm, followed by dinner. VALET PARKING IS AVAILABLE for $15. Tables seat 8. REGISTER HERE!

Tickets are limited and will be offered to sponsors before we make them available to the general public. Register early to ensure a seat, we’ll see you there!

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TeenSpeak 2016: A New Generation For Life

TeenSpeak 2016: A New Generation For Life

brahmFeaturing Josh Brahm

Generations for Life is excited to bring you TeenSpeak 2016, Illinois’ largest annual pro-life teen conference!

TeenSpeak 2016 will feature Josh Brahm of the Equal Rights Institute.

Josh has worked in the pro-life movement since he was 18. He is the founder of Equal Rights Institute, a national organization devoted to helping pro-life advocates communicate more persuasively with pro-choice people.

Josh will be giving two dynamic talks at TeenSpeak: “Three Essential Skills for Having Productive Conversations” and “The Most Undervalued Argument in the Pro-Life Movement.”

Plus pro-life videos, networking with other pro-life teens, and more!

TeenSpeak 2016 is open to high school and college-age teens, and adults who work with them—teachers, youth ministers, pro-life club moderators, parents, etc.

The TeenSpeak 2016 conference will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude by 2:30 p.m.

Click here to register for TeenSpeak today!

Illinois Lives Matter Conference

Illinois Lives Matter Conference

levatinoFeaturing Dr. Anthony Levatino!

The SpeakOut Illinois 2016 conference will be held on Saturday, January 30 at the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Anthony Levatino.

Having performed abortions as part of his obstetrical practice in the early 1980s, Dr. Levatino experienced a profound change of heart. Since then, he has continued his pro-life efforts to turn back the tide on the culture of life brought by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.

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