Last week, the United States Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (better known as “Obamacare”) by a 5-4 vote with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the majority opinion.
The pro-life movement now has its work cut out. The Supreme Court’s decision allows the Obama administration to implement a law that contains the largest expansion of taxpayer funding for abortion on-demand since Roe v. Wade.
If Obamacare is fully implemented, it means that:
- Any subsidized plan that includes abortion will be required to charge at minimum a $1 surcharge per month to be placed in an abortion fund. Insurance companies are required to not disclose this surcharge until enrollment in the plan, thus hiding the abortion surcharge.
- Only one of the “multi-state plans” run by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offered in state health exchanges will be required to exclude abortion coverage. Any number of these other plans partially subsidized by taxpayers would be allowed to cover elective abortions.
- The “preventative services mandate” that grants the Department of Health and Human Services, run by radically pro-abortion Kathleen Sebelius, to determine “essential care” that all insurance plans must carry will still be in effect. Secretary Sebelius has already used this power to issue the notorious HHS mandate, coercing religiously-affiliated organizations to cover abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception despite moral or religious objections.
With Obamacare upheld by the Supreme Court, it is now up to the Congress to pass laws, and the people to elect pro-life legislators, in order to defend unborn children and American taxpayers from this massive expansion of abortion funding. In his opinion, Chief Justice Roberts explicitly states that the question of whether Obamacare is “sound policy” that should be implemented is now up to the legislature and the voters. We must pass legislation that protects innocent human life, and we must elect candidates to office this November who will fight for unborn children. It is critical that a pro-life majority is elected to the Senate, the pro-life majority in the House is maintained, and that President Obama, the most pro-abortion president in our nation’s history, is replaced by dedicated pro-life candidate Governor Mitt Romney.
Although the Supreme Court’s decision is certainly disappointing, it should not be viewed as a setback. Rather, it shows the urgent need to pass laws, such as the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3) and the Protect Life Act (H.R. 358), that protect innocent unborn children and taxpayers, and is an opportunity to elect a pro-life House, pro-life Senate, and pro-life White House in November.