Leading pro-life groups have created a website to increase transparency over abortion funding in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
In a press release, Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ — lead sponsor of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act” –, Arina Grossu of Family Research Council, and Chuck Donovan of the Charlotte Lozier Institute announced the launch of ObamacareAbortion.org to provide information on “their findings” about the abortion funding.
“Concern over taxpayer funding of elective abortion was the final hold up in passing the Affordable Care Act in 2010,” said Donovan. “The Obama Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services has repeatedly stonewalled members of Congress, pro-life groups, and the media when asked to address the dearth of transparency on abortion coverage. The website unveiled today is a tool for pro-life consumers but it is not the best or final answer to a bad situation.”
“By launching ObamacareAbortion.com we are attempting to do what the Obama Administration has not been willing or able to do for the 2015 new enrollment,” said Grossu. “That is, to inform Americans … about abortion coverage in Obamacare plans and expose the great difficulty in obtaining this information.”
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Grossu said that passing the Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act and the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would provide the necessary transparency for taxpayers to know if they were paying for abortions through ACA-required health insurance plans.
The calls for transparency come weeks after a key figure in the creation and passage of the ACA, Jonathan Gruber, was shown to be saying the confusing nature of the ACA was a “huge political advantage” in passing the law. The pro-life website includes an analysis of 2015 plans, and notes that “it is likely that there are 9 states with 90% or more elective abortion coverage plans.”
Since the passage of the ACA in 2010, pro-life activists and organizations have demanded that the Obama administration provide disclosure for abortion plans. A recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), however, found that over 1,000 health insurance plans illegally cover abortions.