U.S. House Votes to Stop Obamacare’s Taxpayer Funding of Abortion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2014
Contact:
Mallory Quigley, mquigley@sba-list.org, 202-223-8073

SBA List Urges President to Support Measure, Fulfill 2009 Promise that, “under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House is expected to vote on and pass H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which would prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions under the Affordable Care Act. A new Kaiser Foundation study found that 6.1 million women will gain elective abortion coverage under Obamacare through the Medicaid expansion and new federal premium subsidies. H.R. 7 would essentially codify the executive order used in 2009 by President Obama to secure the final votes needed from pro-life Democrats in order to pass the health care overhaul. President of the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List Marjorie Dannenfelser, praised the legislation and, ahead of tonight’s State of the Union address, called on President Obama to support it.

“The SBA List is grateful for the bipartisan leadership of pro-life Representatives Chris Smith and Dan Lipinski in advancing this much needed legislation to fix the abortion funding problems in Obamacare. We expect the House to pass this measure and urge the Senate to follow suit. If President Obama was at all sincere when promising this protection in 2009, he should sign this legislation when it reaches his desk.”

Also today, the Susan B. Anthony List, it’s education and research arm the Charlotte Lozier Institute, Concerned Women for America, and pro-life women state legislators from across the country will submit an amicus brief in support of those fighting the Administration’s HHS abortion-drug mandate. Dannenfelser continued:

“For four years, Americans have not ceased to fight the expansion of taxpayer funding of abortion, both in the legislature and in the courts. Even liberal members of the Supreme Court have taken action against the mandate to protect the religious freedom and conscience rights of vulnerable groups. The president and his administration should immediately stop this war on our nation’s founding principles.”

The Affordable Care Act contained direct payments for abortion under risk pools and other clauses, included elective abortion plans in tax-preferred state exchanges, had a loophole allowing Congress and its staff to use federal dollars to buy plans with elective abortion coverage, and imposed a mandate on resistant employers to provide free coverage of abortion-inducing drugs. For more information on how Obamacare funds abortions, see the SBA List’s Fact Sheet.

The Kaiser study confirms earlier research done by the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), the education and research arm of SBA List. In September, CLI released a study which found that as many as 111,500 additional abortions per year could be heavily subsidized by taxpayers via federal premium tax credits and Medicaid expansion in Obamacare.

The Susan B. Anthony List and its affiliated Political Action Committees, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, are dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women at all levels of government.  The SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.
 
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