States Move to “Opt Out” of Federally Funded Abortion Mandates in New Health Care Legislation


A shadow battle is beginning over the ban on federally funded abortions that President Obama conceded to pass the Health Care Reform package, but which neither side believes will hold any water.  Pro-life advocates from 30 states are now teaming up with the AUL to take advantage of a provision in the new health care bill allowing states to pass laws that prohibit insurance plans in the soon-to-be-created state exchanges from providing abortion coverage.


From AUL:

The day after the pro-abortion health care bill was signed into law, we were ready: Our brand new model legislation, the Federal Abortion Mandate Opt Out Act, has been requested by supporters in more than 30 states. A provision in the new health care bill allows states to pass laws that prohibit insurance plans in the soon-to-be-created state exchanges from providing abortion coverage. AUL is helping states do exactly that.

Missouri and Tennessee are moving quickly. Both have bills that are already moving through the legislature. And other states are joining them. California, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, and Oklahoma all plan to introduce new bills or amend pending legislation. The current rules in the Mississippi Senate don’t allow this kind of bill to be introduced at this point in the session, but the Lt. Governor is filing a motion to suspend the rules to allow the bill, they feel so strongly about it.

If you click on this link – you can look through many of the press stories on this issue.  

Whatever the case, I want to assure you that we are going to press on to see this legislation spread across the country and more states opted out of taxpayer-funded abortion. We had a setback on this fight at the federal level, but together we can defeat taxpayer-funded abortion state by state.

Of course Planned Parenthood wants to stop this.  

In fact, Planned Parenthood’s Laurie Rubiner told FOX News that “these initiatives are really unnecessary, there are no federal funds being used to pay for abortions, and that’s made very clear in the bill. And so we’re going to work very hard to make sure that these states do not pass these initiatives which would prevent women with their own funds from purchasing abortion coverage.”

If no federal funds are used to pay for abortions – why would they need to work hard to stop states from passing these laws?

You know the answer.

If you’d like more information on how you can stop taxpayer-funded abortion in your state, click here to send us an email. We’d love to partner with you to fight for Life where you live.

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