Obamacare Allows Abortion Funding, Doesn’t Cover Pregnancies to 26

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 7, 2012   |   5:38PM   |   Washington, DC

That the Obamacare law contains no safeguards protecting taxpayers from being forced to fund abortions is very clear and it also contains the HHS mandate forcing religious groups to fund or refer for abortion-causing drugs and birth control.

But a new report in the Washington Post by Michelle Andrews indicates Obamacare covers children up to age 26 — but not for pregnancy.

The health-care overhaul provides a safety net for young adult children, who can now stay on their parents’ health plans until they reach age 26. But it doesn’t guarantee that their parents’ plan will cover a common medical condition that many young women face: pregnancy.

Group health plans with 15 or more workers are required to provide maternity benefits for employees and their spouses under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978. But other dependents of employees aren’t covered by the law, so companies don’t have to provide maternity coverage for them.

Although hard numbers aren’t available on how many companies don’t provide dependent maternity benefits, “I would say it’s common,” says Dania Palanker, a senior health policy adviser at the National Women’s Law Center. And the number could grow with the recent expansion of coverage to children under age 26, she says.

So just how many insurance plans that will likely provide abortion or birth control coverage don’t provide maternity coverage for dependents up to 26 years of age?

Dan Priga, who heads the performance audit group for Mercer, a human resources consulting company, estimates that roughly 70 percent of companies that pay their employees’ health-care claims directly choose not to provide dependent maternity benefits.



Andrews goes on to case profile some women who were denied coverage. As pro-life attorney Matthew Clark of the ACLJ explains, Obamacare allows for a myriad of abortion funding — a horrendous contradiction.