Pro-Life Groups Call for Bill to Ban Abortion Funding After Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 25, 2015   |   12:13PM   |   Washington, DC

After the Supreme Court issued a ruling upholding the federal subsidies in Obamacare, pro-life groups are calling on Congress to pass a pro-life bill that would ban all abortion funding, including the massive abortion-funding under the Obamacare law.

In a major victory for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court has issued its second major decision up-holding abortion-funding Obamacare. The Supreme Court has upheld a key provision of ObamaCare today in their decision in King v. Burwell, ruling that millions of Americans can continue to receive taxpayer subsidies to allow them to purchase health care plans under Obamacare.

Under Obamacare, over 1,000 plans eligible for federal subsidies currently cover elective abortion. That, pro-life groups say, underscores the need for the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, a Congressional bill that would zero out abortion funding under Obamacare.

“Federal taxpayer subsidies are helping pay for over 1,000 health plans that cover abortion on demand, and today’s Supreme Court decision underscores that only Congress can put a stop to that,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life.

She told “This decision again demonstrates the need for enactment of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which would permanently prevent taxpayer subsidies for abortion-covering health plans, both in Obamacare and in other federal health benefits programs.”

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7) in January by a vote of 242-179, despite a veto threat from the Obama White House and Tobias is calling on the U.S. Senate to pass the bill.

In its communication with LifeNews, National Right to Life added:  When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, an array of long-established laws, including the Hyde Amendment, had created a nearly uniform policy that federal programs did not pay for abortion or subsidize health plans that included coverage of abortion, with narrow exceptions. Regrettably, provisions of the 2010 Obamacare health law ruptured that longstanding policy. The Obamacare law authorized massive federal subsidies to assist many millions of Americans to purchase private health plans that will cover abortion on demand. In addition, the law contains multiple provisions that will ration life-saving or life-preserving medical care.”

In September 2014, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the nonpartisan investigatory arm of Congress, issued a report containing information that confirmed predictions by National Right to Life that federally subsidized abortion-covering health plans would become a widespread feature of Obamacare. That report found that more than one thousand federally subsidized exchange plans currently cover elective abortion. Currently, 26 states and the District of Columbia allow coverage of elective abortion in health plans that qualify for the federal subsidies (while 24 states have restricted or prohibited such coverage).

Americans United for Life president Charmaine Yoest agrees with the call to ban abortion funding.

“Whether or not an insurance Exchange is established by the federal or state government, it receives taxpayer dollars, which should not be used to pay for abortions and life-ending drugs and devices,” she told LifeNews. “AUL Action calls on the U.S. Senate to address this problem by moving immediately to pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, S. 582, which would apply and make permanent the life-affirming principles of the Hyde Amendment to the Affordable Care Act.”

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Yoest continued:

In stark contrast to the longstanding federal policy of the Hyde Amendment, the Affordable Care Act has been upheld to allow federal taxpayer dollars to subsidize insurance plans that cover abortion. A report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in September 2014 revealed that the problem is even worse: abortion-covering insurance plans are failing to even follow the Affordable Care Act’s separation of funds requirements and the Obama Administration is seemingly enabling this circumvention of the plain language of the Affordable Care Act.

The GAO report also confirmed the difficulty in identifying abortion-covering plans, demonstrating that 11 of the 18 health insurance issuers interviewed did not make abortion coverage information available online prior to enrollment. Americans who are inadvertently or through employment with a small business enrolled in insurance plans that cover abortion are required to pay an “abortion premium” that will be used exclusively to pay for abortions.

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would ensure that whether an Exchange is run by the federal or a state government, the Obamacare federal subsidies it receives—taxpayer dollars—are not subsidizing abortions. The Act would also protect Americans from Obamacare’s covert abortion premium. U.S. House of Representatives already passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act in January and is pending in the Senate Finance Committee as S. 582.

Since the day the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, AUL Action has been working at both the state and federal level to mitigate the abortion problems riddled throughout Obamacare.

Abortion is woven into the healthcare law at multiple levels, making repeal of the law a pro-life necessity, including:

  • Failing to prohibit the use of federal tax dollars for abortion, abortion coverage, and abortion-inducing drugs and devices.
  • Pretending that the Hyde Amendment protections were enough to prohibit direct payment for abortions.
  • Permitting federally subsidized Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) to provide abortion coverage through the state insurance exchanges required in all 50 states.
  • Failing to prohibit all multi-state qualified health plans from providing coverage for abortion.
  • Including a “preventive care” mandate that is being used to force coverage of drugs and devices known to end life.
  • Failing to provide comprehensive First Amendment conscience protections for individuals, employers, and insurance companies that have religious or moral objections to abortion.