Illinois Candidate Pushes Free Abortions as She Challenges Top Pro-Life Attorney in State Legislative Race

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jul 24, 2018   |   11:53AM   |   Springfied, IL

Illinois abortion activist Terra Costa Howard hopes to unseat a strong pro-life advocate in the upcoming election for state House.

Howard, a lawyer and political activist from Glen Ellyn, Illinois, has been knocking on doors across the 48th state congressional district in hopes of persuading voters to support her and her radical pro-abortion policies, the DuPage Policy Journal reports.

She is challenging state Rep. Peter Breen, a strong pro-life Republican who works not only in Illinois but also across the nation to fight for unborn babies and families. A lawyer, Breen also is part of the Thomas More Society, a leading pro-life non-profit law firm that focuses on defending First Amendment rights.

The two candidates’ positions could not be more different.

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Democrats once tiptoed around their support for higher property taxes and taxpayer-funded abortion. Howard believes they are winning issues and has made them central to her campaign platform.

On “Occupod DuPage,” a public affairs podcast hosted by two socialist-minded Glen Ellyn college students, Howard said this month that Breen’s opposition to House Bill 40, which requires Illinois taxpayers to pay for abortions through the full nine months of pregnancy for any reason, is what compelled her to run against him.

“We should be afraid,” she said, describing Breen’s view that taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay for abortions, as “scary.”

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In June, Planned Parenthood, the state’s largest recipient of tax dollars to perform abortions, held a rally for Howard in Lisle. It has also sent out mailers in the district supporting Howard.

In contrast, Breen has spent decades serving pregnant and parenting mothers and babies in need. He began a non-profit pregnancy outreach in DuPage and Will counties and led the Chicagoland Project Gabriel campaign, which provided pregnancy support information to tens of thousands of people through local churches, according to his campaign website.

Breen also has been involved in a number of high profile, pro-life legal cases, including that of undercover investigator David Daleiden. He also is challenging the Illinois law that forces taxpayers to pay for abortions – the same one that Howard strongly supports.

Most voters do not share Howard’s position on taxpayer funded abortions. Polls consistently show that most Americans do not want their tax dollars to pay for abortions. A Marist poll found that two-thirds of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortions, including a majority of women and people who identify as pro-choice. In 2016, a Politico/Harvard University poll also found that just 36 percent of likely voters supported taxpayer funding for abortions, while 58 percent opposed it.