Abortion is not HealthCare: the new Republican Health Care Plan
By Jennifer Popik, JD, Director, NRLC Department of Medical Ethics
Editor’s note. This appeared in the March digital edition of National Right to Life News. Please be sure to read the issue in its entirety and pass stories along to your pro-life friends and family.
Since its very inception, NRLC’s organizational mission has been to defend the right to life of innocent human beings, where that right is threatened or denied by such practices as abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. Consistent with that mission, NRLC is opposed to government funding of abortion and government subsidies for health insurance plans that cover abortion.
The Republican-led House of Representatives has unveiled the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The AHCA would undo the numerous abortion-expanding provisions that became law in March, 2010, as part of the so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), known as Obamacare.
The House leadership, along with those who have contributed to the draft under consideration in the House of Representatives, has included multiple provisions to prevent government dollars from paying for elective abortions.
This is crucial. By conservative estimates, more than two million Americans were born and are with us today, who would have been aborted, if the Hyde Amendment had not been in place. The pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute has termed this a “tragic result,” but NRLC regards it a major pro-life success story. The Hyde Amendment is the most successful domestic “abortion reduction” policy ever enacted by Congress.
In short, restrictions on the government funding of abortion save lives! Unfortunately, the Hyde amendment (which applies to Medicaid) does not apply to the AHCA, as it did not apply to Obamacare. However, the newly unveiled AHCA places numerous crucial Hyde-like restrictions on new government health care spending.
In addition, the AHCA eliminates Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, for one year.
Notwithstanding, there is still work to be done to ensure that this entire bill is pro-life. NRLC continues to work with Congressional leaders to ensure all bases are covered, particularly as the legislation advances to the Senate where there are strict rules that have led to the stripping of abortion funding restrictions. Any solutions must be written into the legislation, not dependent on later actions by appropriators or the Executive.
Let your elected officials know that abortion is NOT healthcare, and that you are opposed to the government funding of abortion and oppose government subsidies for health insurance plans that cover abortion.