Mosaic PHC Blog

Injunction Granted in Abortion Referral State Case

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On December 20, the Judge issued an injunction blocking the abortion information and referral law for pregnancy centers and a private Ob/Gyn practice in the Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford v. Rauner case! Matt Bowman at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), legal counsel for the plaintiffs and for Mosaic in our case, appeared before the court in the hearing on December 7 to ask the court to issue its order. 

This is an excellent development to protect the free speech of conscientious medical professionals and practices in Illinois. If the law had not been blocked, the attorney for Gov. Rauner and the professional regulation board admitted in court that they could punish a non-compliant medical professional with fines up to $10,000 and lose their medical license. They also argued that the standard of care itself requires the promotion of abortion and providing abortion doctor information, which is a radical threat to the conscientious practice of medicine.

We ask that you continue to pray over that this injunction, which is temporary, will be made permanent and will protect all conscientious medical professionals and facilities in Illinois as these cases move forward in various courts. Thank you!

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.