Ron Paul Blasts Obama Forcing Coverage of Abortion, Birth Control

Politics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 4, 2011   |   3:30PM   |   Washington, DC

Congressman Ron Paul, one of the 2012 Republican presidential candidates, is out with a statement today blasting the Obama administration for its decision to force insurance companies, under Obamacare, to cover birth control and drugs that can cause abortions.

The Obama administration’s decision to mandate coverage of birth control and morning-after pills is payback to Planned Parenthood and big pharmaceutical companies for their support of Obamacare.

This mandate violates the conscience of millions of pro-life Americans.

In Congress, I have introduced H.R. 1099, the Taxpayer Freedom of Conscience Act, which removes all federal funding for domestic and international family planning.

As President, I plan to defund Obamacare and all federal programs that use tax money taken from the American people to promote abortion.

I pledge also to veto any bill with funding for Planned Parenthood or any other international family planning regimes.

As LifeNews reported, the Obama administration has approved a recommendation from the Institute of Medicine suggesting that it force insurance companies to pay for birth control and drugs that can cause abortions under the Obamacare government-run health care program.

The IOM recommendation, opposed by pro-life groups, called for the Obama administration to require insurance programs to include birth control — such as the morning after pill or the ella drug that causes an abortion days after conception — in the section of drugs and services insurance plans must cover under “preventative care.” The companies will likely pass the added costs on to consumers, requiring them to pay for birth control and, in some instances, drug-induced abortions of unborn children in their earliest days.

The Obama administration’s decision also presented significant conscience concerns for Catholic and pro-life groups who don’t want to be forced to pay for insurance coverage for employees that includes birth control and abortion-causing drugs.

A poll released today shows a plurality of Americans oppose the Obama administration’s decision.