Among the group of Illinois Republicans fighting back against the recent legislation that funds abortions through taxpayer money is local State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer.

On Friday, Davidsmeyer and colleagues of his party filed the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” in an attempt to repeal House Bill 40 and disallow taxpayer-paid elective abortion in Illinois.

Davidsmeyer explains what House Bill 40 did for Illinois, and why he and his colleagues are now filing this bill.

“House Bill 40 that was recently signed into law made us the first state in the nation that has a law that says the state will pay for abortions. The reality, whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, is that we all know the state of Illinois is broke. Over seventy percent of the citizens of the state of Illinois have said that taxpayers should not be funding abortion, the state should not be paying for it. So that’s what this bill does; it reverses (a portion of House Bill 40) and takes it back to what we were about a month ago,” says Davidsmeyer.

The Jacksonville-based Representative says he objects to taxpayer-funded abortions not just morally, but also financially.

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JACKSONVILLE...State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) and his Republican colleagues have filed the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” which will repeal taxpayer-paid elective abortions in Illinois.

“House Bill 4114 prohibits taxpayer dollars from being spent on elective abortions,” said Davidsmeyer.

With the signing of House Bill 40, Illinois became the first state in the nation to legalize taxpayer-funded abortion on demand.

“The number one issue that constituents have been discussing with me as I travel the district is the travesty and unprecedented - first in the nation - taxpayer-paid abortions,” said Davidsmeyer. “I morally cannot justify why taxpayers should be forced to cover the cost of abortions in our state.”

Over 35,000 abortions occurred in Illinois in 2015 according to the most recent data from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

“It is estimated that Illinois could spend between $30 million to $60 million covering elective abortions through Medicaid. Illinois politicians should not force taxpayers to spend more money - especially when it comes to state-sponsored abortions,” said Davidsmeyer.

Davidsmeyer’s legislation, House Bill 4114, mirrors the federal Hyde Amendment, which only allows for abortions in the case of rape, incest and the life endangerment of the mother.

“I have a fiscal and moral obligation to fight to ensure that taxpayers will not be forced to pay for abortions, especially when Illinois has a $15 billion backlog of unpaid bills. Abortion is wrong and I hope Speaker Madigan calls this legislation for an immediate vote during veto session later this month.”