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Springfield Multiple pregnancy resource centers are suing Illinois Gov- ernor Bruce Rauner over a new law they say prohibits free speech and requires them to voice a message about abortion that is directly contrary to their mission. Pro-life advocates also are watching a pending bill that would expand abortion coverage for those on Medicaid and state workers health insurance plans. On Feb. 9, 18 pregnancy resource centers filed for an injunction to avoid being forced to comply with an amendment to the Health Care Right of Conscience Act that was approved by the Illinois General As- sembly last year and went into effect January 1. The amendment requires pregnancy centers and pro-life physicians to discuss abortion as a legal treatment option, to talk about its benefits, and, if asked, to refer clients to abortion providers, said Attorney Thomas Olp of the Thomas More Society, one of the legal organizations working with pregnan- cy care centers to fight enforcement of the new law. For the centers, Olp said, Its an interfering by the government with their ability to communicate feely about an important moral issue. The law also constitutes viewpoint discrimination, he added, in that it only regulates the speech of people with a particular viewpoint. Illinois Baptist Nonprofit Organization U.S. POSTAGE PAID Peoria, Illinois Permit No. 325 5 hills worth dying on Nathan Carter's test for church leaders Table Talk P. 13 FEBRUARY 27, 2017 Vol. 111 No. 03 News journal of the Illinois Baptist State Association Visit our new website See page 3 for more addresses. IB SBC NEWS Mosque support raises ire Gaines on ERLC, IMB issues P. 5 MISSIONS Last-chance conversion An 'Annie Armstrong' story P. 11 IBSA Meet the team P. 14 in focus This is Us Even for Baptists, growing lostness demands fresh commitment to evangelism CAPITOL WATCH Pro-life centers file suit Also, House mulls expanding abortion coverage RAUNER P. 3 SPECIAL REPORT on evangelism trends in Illinois PLUS our top baptizing churches P. 7-10 Protect your church from spiritual vulnerability Nate Adams P. 2 BY MEREDITH FLYNN

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