Pennsylvania: Senate Cmte Votes to Stop Tax-Funded Abortions in Obamacare

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 7, 2013   |   6:16PM   |   Harrisburg, PA

A Senate committee today voted to send to the full Senate a bill that stops taxpayer funding of abortions in the Obamacare health care exchanges.

As the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation tells LifeNews:

The full Pennsylvania Senate could vote soon on stopping tax funding of abortions.

Just today, House Bill 818 was reported out of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.  That means the bill could be voted on the Senate floor soon!

The bill, which passed the state House in April, would ensure that Pennsylvania opts out of abortion funding in the health insurance exchange created by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

ACTION: Please call your state Senator and urge him/her to vote “YES” on House Bill 818 and “no” on any amendments. If you don’t know who your state Senator is, go to and input your address, city, and state.  A window will then pop up with the name of your state Senator.

“The Affordable Care Act, also known as the federal health care law, contains a provision which allows states to opt out of abortion funding in the new health insurance exchanges operating in their state as a result of “health care reform.”  Twenty-one states have already passed legislation to opt out of this abortion funding,” it says.



The pro-life group continued: “House Bill 818 simply continues Pennsylvania’s long-standing policy of banning public funding of abortion.  National public opinion polls have consistently shown that the vast majority of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion.  Research has also shown that abortion rates rise dramatically when public funding of abortion occurs.”

Recently, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported that the number of resident abortions in Pennsylvania in 2011 dropped by 2.2% to 34,459 from the previous year. That figure represents a 7.3% drop from the 1995 number of 37,173 abortions.