The following comes from a Nov. 2 story on the Catholic News Agency site.
Pro-life leaders are calling for transparency in the health care exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act, asking that they include an open acknowledgement of whether each individual plan funds abortion.
“Abortions are covered” under the health care law, and “taxpayers are going to be funding it,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, at an Oct. 31 rally in front of the U.S. Capitol.
“But what’s really interesting is the secretary (of Health and Human Services) herself wrote a memo this April demanding that all insurance providers cover Planned Parenthood and their services in the health insurance exchanges,” she continued.
Participants in the demonstration, hosted by Students for Life of America and the Christian Defense Coalition, protested against new regulations governing health care plans, including those offered on the health care exchanges.
Established under the Affordable Care Act, the health care exchanges opened Oct. 1 and allow individuals to compare and purchase different health care plans, even across state lines.
However, although the Obama administration had assured citizens during deliberations over the health care law that the Affordable Care Act would not fund abortions, some of the federally-funded exchange plans include a mandatory monthly abortion surcharge….
Asked during an Oct. 30 hearing whether she could guarantee that abortion funding would be clearly labeled in health care plans in which it is included, Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius replied, “I don’t know.”
….Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), who is co-chairman of the Bipartisan Congressional Prolife Caucus, described Sebelius’ inability to answer the question about abortion funding as “just not believable.”
“It is an outrage,” Smith said, “that at this stage Sebelius cannot, or will not, tell consumers how to find out whether the plans they are considering include abortions that painfully dismember or chemically poison unborn children.” “Why are they hiding?” he asked.
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