FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 11, 2012
Contact: Mallory Quigley, (202) 223-8073
Dannenfelser Calls on House to Stop Pro-Abortion Health Care Law
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser sent a letter to all Members of the U.S. House of Representatives urging them to vote in favor of H.R. 6079 the “Repeal of Obamacare Act.” Dannenfelser emphasized the abortion funding provisions in the law and called on Congress to protect Americans from underwriting the abortion industry.
Key excerpts from the letter:
“The Affordable Care Act (ACA) creates heavy federal subsidies for the purchase of insurance plans that cover elective abortion. The repeal law specifically states in its findings section that the ACA ‘appropriates billions of dollars in new funding without explicitly prohibiting the use of these funds for abortion, and it provides Federal subsidies for health plans covering elective abortions.’ These provisions violate the consistent standards previously set in federal law and establish an ominous precedent for future expansion of federal abortion subsidies.
“Under the ACA, millions of Americans will be unknowingly enrolled in health care plans that include elective abortion coverage. These plans will charge enrollees, regardless of age and gender, a minimum of $1 per month – an ‘abortion surcharge’ – that will go into an abortion slush fund. Under a rule recently issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the existence of the ‘abortion surcharge’ only needs to be disclosed once – in the fine print – during the enrollment process. This surcharge is included without itemization in the monthly premium, and is never disclosed again.
“The ‘preventive care’ mandate in the ACA is already being used to force employers to pay for insurance plans for their employees that include coverage for abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization, regardless of religious or moral objections. This includes Catholic hospitals, charities, and schools, which may be forced to shut down their irreplaceable charitable services due to the heavy fines imposed on those who refuse to compromise their conscience. The same mandate intrudes upon the deeply held conscience rights of secular employers as well, including, ironically, pro-life nonprofit groups and businesses.”
The Susan B. Anthony List, and its connected Political Action Committee, the SBA List Candidate Fund, are dedicated to electing candidates and pursuing policies that will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List will emphasize the election, education, promotion, and mobilization of pro-life women.