Research Groups Launch Website Exposing Abortion-Funding Plans in Obamacare

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2014
Contact: Mallory Quigley, mquigley@sba-list.org, 703-380-6674

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Leaders Join Rep. Chris Smith to Call for Permanent Legislative Fix 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Repeatedly stonewalled by the Obama Administration on questions of abortion transparency in the Affordable Care Act, pro-life leaders are taking matters into their own hands to inform consumers which Obamacare plans include coverage of abortion on demand and which do not. Since “open season” began on Saturday, research staff atCharlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) and Family Research Council (FRC) have been performing an ongoing examination of healthcare.gov and state-based exchanges, looking for information on abortion coverage and the accessibility of that information. On Thursday afternoon, pro-life leaders, including researchers from CLI and FRC, will join Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), lead sponsor of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, to share their findings to date.

Thursday’s press conference and the launch of the website follow the release of a newly surfaced video in which key Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber called the “lack of transparency” with which the law was passed a “huge political advantage.”

When:             Thursday, Nov. 20, 2 – 2:30 PM

Where:            U.S. House of Representatives, House Triangle

Speakers: Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Co-Chair, Bipartisan Congressional Pro-life Caucus

Arina Grossu, Family Research Council

Genevieve Plaster, Charlotte Lozier Institute

Kerri Kupec, Alliance Defending Freedom

Since October of 2013, the Charlotte Lozier Institute has reported on the lack of transparency and generally confusing nature of the exchange plans. This summer, the non-partisan government watchdog agency, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), released a report identifying 1,036 ObamaCare plans that cover abortion on demand and receive taxpayer subsidies.

When asked to address the issue of abortion transparency last month, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell hedged, saying: “[I]n terms of how the communication is going to work, we’ll have to see how quickly we can get the communication out and where we are.”

The Charlotte Lozier Institute was launched in 2011 as the education and research arm of Susan B. Anthony List.  The CLI is a hub for research and public policy analysis on some of the most pressing issues facing the United States and nations around the world. The Institute is named for a feminist physician known for her commitment to the sanctity of human life and equal career and educational opportunities for women.  She was an associate of Susan B. Anthony and her capsule biography can be found at lozierinstitute.org.

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