Researcher: 46 Percent of American Health Insurance Plans Cover Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 9, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Researcher: 46 Percent of American Health Insurance Plans Cover Abortion

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 9
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — The chances are good that your health insurance plan covers elective abortions since 46 percent of all health insurance plans in the United States do so. A leading researcher urges pro-life advocates to investigate their plans to find out whether they are unknowingly supporting abortion.

During the Reagan administration, Dr. Robert Moffitt was the deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

He recently gave a speech at the Family Research Council warning that, because most health insurance plans are controlled by secular companies or government officials, many of them pay for abortions.

The money, of course, comes from the premiums that all members of the health plan and/or their employers pay on a monthly basis — including pro-life advocates.

"Forty-six percent of workers today in employer-based health insurance finance abortion," he said, according to a OneNewsNow report. "I think this is critical."

While pro-life advocates strenuously oppose taxpayer-funded abortions, they may not know they are funding abortions in their health care plan.

"Many of you know people who consider themselves very good, solid citizens [and] who consider themselves pro-life. They go to church on Sunday; but on Monday morning, they finance abortion," OneNewsNow reported Moffitt saying.

"They don’t know they finance abortion, they do not conscientiously do it — but they do it. And they do it through private health insurance. They do it because the plan covers it," Moffitt explained.

Moffitt suggested that employers and employees find out whether their insurance company pays for abortions. If so, he urged pro-life advocates to switch to another health care plan or look to one of the many plans funded by Catholic and Protestant Christian groups that don’t include abortion coverage.