More than a dozen groups and lawmakers — including two state senators from Southern Illinois — who oppose abortion have filed a lawsuit challenging a new law providing taxpayer-funded abortions.

Sen. Dale Fowler of Harrisburg, who represents the 59th District, and Sen. Paul Schimpf of Waterloo, who represents the 58th District, are two of eight lawmakers who are bringing the lawsuit, along with 10 anti-abortion groups and the Catholic Diocese of Springfield.

The Thomas More Society filed the action Thursday in Sangamon County Circuit Court. It says including abortion among procedures covered by state employee health insurance and Medicaid beginning Jan. 1 is illegal.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the measure Sept. 28. It infuriated conservatives who claim he promised to veto it.

GOP state Rep. Peter Breen is Thomas More's lawyer. He says taxpayers morally object to financing up to 30,000 abortions annually.

He adds it's illegal because there's no state budget to cover them and because lawmakers held on to the legislation so long that the Constitution bars it from taking effect earlier than June 1.

— Associated Press

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