‘ObamaCare is still forcing Americans to choose between their healthcare and their conscience…’
(Quin Hillyer, Liberty Headlines) Despite caterwauling from the pro-abortion Left, access to abortion coverage under Obamacare continues to expand even as the Trump administration takes steps to allow employers to offer plans that accept separate (rather than universally mandated) payments for elective abortion coverage.
New research from the Charlotte Lozier Institute and the Family Research Council (FRC), about offerings on the federal government’s healthcare.gov and in state-based exchanges under Obamacare, tells the tale.
In the 24 states and the District of Columbia that allow abortion coverage in exchange plans, some 65 percent (650 plans) in 2019 will cover elective abortion.
That’s up from 53 percent (527 plans) in 2018.
Pro-life policy options actually are declining, despite dire warnings from the Left that allowing various forms of “conscience exceptions” (such as for the Little Sisters of the Poor) would somehow mean that women would lack opportunity for abortion coverage, or even contraception, if they want it.
As the new numbers show, those “fears” are proving meritless.
A pro-widespread-abortion ethos and legal regime still dominates American medicine, insurance, and the courts.
Charlotte Lozier president Chuck Donovan said pro-lifers are the ones without choices.
“Consumers across nearly half the country have even fewer pro-life policy options to choose from on their state health insurance exchanges in 2019,” Donovan said. “In several states and the District of Columbia, there are no pro-life plans offered at all.”
Those words were the conclusion from Patrina Mosely, the FRC’s Director of Life, Culture, and Women’s Advocacy.
“During the Obama administration,” Mosely said, “we saw broken promises, a lack of transparency and adherence to the law, and a healthcare system that was programmed in such a way that it would continue to fund abortion coverage long after President Obama left office. No matter the transparency or lack thereof, ObamaCare is still forcing Americans to choose between their healthcare and their conscience. Abortion is not healthcare and the majority of Americans do not want their hard-earned tax dollars subsidizing insurance coverage that includes the taking of unborn human life. While the Trump administration is thankfully moving forward to untangle Americans from the abortion business, much work remains to be done.”
Cultural reliance on and acceptance of abortion does continue to decline however – as it has done steadily since peaking in 1990.
Still, in 2016 (the latest year for which good numbers are available), nearly 900,000 abortions were performed in the United States.
Lozier and the FRC have a web site, ObamacareAbortion.com, on which consumers can navigate the current system to try to find pro-life coverage.