Ralph RiveraMuch of the great work of Illinois Right to Life Action can be attributed to the incredible leadership and dedication of our legislative chairman, Ralph Rivera. For over 30 years, Ralph has been on the front lines of the battle for life down in Springfield, lobbying at the Illinois General Assembly. Many of the legislative victories made by the pro-life movement in Illinois are due, in large part, to his committed work.
After Roe v. Wade was decided on January 22, 1973, Ralph began his pro-life work in legislative and political matters. Over the years, Ralph has worked on hundreds of pieces of legislation, while testifying before numerous Senate and House committees and appearing on many Illinois television and radio programs. He has also worked closely with pro-life, constitutional attorneys and legislators to help craft pro-life legislation. As a matter of fact, Ralph lobbied on the first pro-life bill in Illinois that was successfully passed into law.
In 1977, Ralph lobbied for a bill prohibiting the use of taxpayer funding of abortion in Illinois under Medicaid. With the help of other pro-life organizations, it passed into law over a Governor’s veto, after which a lengthy court battle ensued. In 1980, the U.S. Supreme Court took up the Illinois court case on the law and eventually ruled that states had every right to prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion. Literally hundreds of thousands of babies have been saved from abortion over the years, through this one Illinois law.
In addition to his work as a lobbyist, Ralph was former chairman of one of the main pro-life political action committees in Illinois: Illinois Citizens for Life, PAC. Through this organization, Ralph has led efforts to elect pro-life legislators to the General Assembly and the U.S. Congress.
Ralph and his wife, Cindy, have been married for over 30 years and have six children.