Wisconsin Petition Campaign Started to Drop Abortion Funding in Health Care
by Steven Ertelt
May 26, 2010
Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) — A Wisconsin pro-life organization has launched a new campaign designed to make the state the next to opt out of at least some of the abortion funding found in the pro-abortion health care bill President Barack Obama signed. Three states have already seen bills to do that become law.
WRTL officials told LifeNews.com that the group is starting a massive campaign aimed at allowing Wisconsin to opt-out of abortion coverage in the state-based insurance "exchanges" created by the federal health care law.
Susan Armacost, Wisconsin Right to Life Legislative Director, said WRTL has been working with legislators for some time on this issue.
"Polling has consistently shown that citizens do not want to subsidize abortion coverage or pay for abortions," said Armacost.
"Obamacare requires federal agencies to subsidize and administer health plans that will pay for elective abortions. The law also opens the door to direct federal funding of abortion in Community Health Centers, hundreds of which are operated by Planned Parenthood – the nation’s largest abortion provider," Armacost said.
She added, "While state legislation cannot correct all of the abhorrent federal abortion provisions, we do have the ability to make sure that the state-based insurance exchanges are not spending tax dollars to subsidize abortion."
WRTL joins other pro-life groups in maintaining that the executive order Obama signed has been widely and inaccurately reported as prohibiting taxpayer abortion funding under the law even though it cannot overrule the abortion impact of the law.
Wisconsin legislators can’t introduce an opt-out bill until 2011 when the legislature meets again.
But, as a first step in the campaign to enact opt-out legislation, Wisconsin Right to Life is promoting a petition to the new governor, who will take office next year, letting him know that hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin citizens want our state to opt-out of subsidizing abortions through health insurance.
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