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Update on Mosaic PHC Lawsuit

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Recently Mosaic Pregnancy & Health Centers (PHC) joined a federal lawsuit in an effort to prevent government coercion and to preserve freedom of religion and speech for medical professionals in Illinois.

Rockford Area Pregnancy Care Center and others also filed a lawsuit at the state level in August. We ask our supporters to be in prayer for the upcoming events regarding both lawsuits.

State Lawsuit

  • August 5 – Lawsuit filed on behalf of Plaintiffs
  • October 27 – Written arguments requesting an injunction submitted by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) on behalf of Plaintiffs
  • November 23 – Response from the Defendants, Governor Rauner and Bryan Schneider
  • December 2 – Final response by ADF
  • December 7 – Public hearing and final meeting with Judge

Public Hearing Information
December 7, 2016 • 1:30pm
Winnebago County Circuit Court
400 West State St. • Court Room 412
Rockford, IL 61101  

  • December 8 – December 31 – Injunction decision expected 

Please pray that an injunction would be granted, as this judicial order would cover all medical professionals and pregnancy centers in Illinois, including Mosaic PHC. An injunction would allow continual health service, without having to refer for abortion, until the case is heard.

Please also pray that the Judge in the state case will rule favorably in accordance with the Illinois Healthcare Right of Conscience Act.

Federal Lawsuit

September 30 - Lawsuit filed by ADF on behalf of Plaintiffs, including Mosaic PHC. 
November 11 – The federal case is currently pending. It's possible the decision in the state case could favorably assist the federal case, or that the federal case will have parallel proceedings. Updates will be provided as they become available. 

Thank you for your continued prayers.

 

 

Mosaic Pregnancy & Health Centers Joins Federal Lawsuit

Recently, Governor Bruce Rauner signed Illinois Senate Bill 1564, the law requiring all medical professionals, including pregnancy centers, to refer for abortion against their conscience rights, into law.

After much prayer and consideration, the Board of Directors of Mosaic Pregnancy & Health Centers have made the decision to join a federal lawsuit, along with our Medical Director and three additional co-plaintiffs, against Governor Rauner.

Mosaic Pregnancy & Health Centers joins the lawsuit in an effort to prevent government coercion and to preserve freedom of religion and speech for medical professionals in Illinois.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing Mosaic Pregnancy & Health Centers and legal representation will be provided at no charge to Mosaic PHC.

“No state should attempt to rob women of the freedom to choose a pro-life doctor, but that is the choice that Illinois is eliminating by mandating that pro-life physicians and entities make or arrange abortion referrals. To make matters worse, the state did this by amending a law designed specifically to protect freedom of conscience,” said ADF Senior Counsel Matt Bowman. “As our lawsuit explains, the law is incompatible with the U.S. Constitution and both federal and state law, which protect citizens from being forced by the government to live and act in a way contrary to their faith and conscience.”

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For any inquires from the media, please contact ADF at ‪480.444.0020 or visit adfmedia.org.