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Obamacare and Taxpayer-Funded Abortion

January 22, 2014 will mark the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that along with an accompanying ruling Doe v. Bolton allowed abortion on demand in all 50 states.  Since then, about 55 million babies have been killed by abortion.  Since then, pro-life America has fought to protect life both at a cultural and political level.

Obamacare was a setback for the unborn and those working to protect their lives.

The Heritage Foundation’s Sarah Torre explains:

Obamacare requires that, as of January 1, 2014, all individuals obtain qualified health insurance through their employer, on an exchange, or elsewhere. Consequently, millions of Americans have been looking to purchase health plans through state and federally run health insurance exchanges.

In order to avoid a hefty fine, individuals must purchase a plan that satisfies minimum federal benefits requirements. Because of legislative loopholes and onerous mandates, Obamacare will entangle taxpayer funds in abortion coverage offered on the exchanges and force many Americans to pay an abortion surcharge with private dollars.

In states that allow abortion coverage in their exchanges, some Americans could pay an abortion surcharge with private dollars, possibly without their knowledge.  Moreover, if an individual or family wants to purchase a plan that does not cover elective abortion, their choices will be severely limited — to one plan:

By 2017, every insurance exchange is required to have one plan that excludes coverage of elective abortions, but the law provides no opt-out for individuals or families who may want to buy a particular plan but without abortion coverage. Indeed, individuals’ and families’ “choice” of one plan that excludes elective abortion coverage could be overwhelmed by an array of plans that they would otherwise prefer and that more closely meet their overall health needs.

Every individual and family that obtains qualified health insurance on or off an Obamacare exchange will be enrolled in coverage of abortion-inducing drugs and contraception — whether or not they want such coverage or not.

Americans should be allowed to select health care coverage that reflects their values, and Obamacare is an affront to those who respect the dignity of human life in all its stages.

Read Torre’s entire report here.

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