Virginia’s pro-life people need to contact Governor Bob McDonnell ASAP to let him know you do not want your tax dollars funding abortion on demand. Taxpayer funding is being used to set-up and manage the federal health exchange. Virginia can prohibit the federal exchange (within the Commonwealth) from including insurance plans that cover abortions. Governor McDonnell needs to know that you want Virginia to opt-out of abortion coverage!
BACKGROUND: In 2011, the General Assembly approved an amendment by Governor McDonnell that would have prohibited a state exchange from including plans that cover abortion on demand. That amendment will expire on July1, 2014. Therefore the Virginia General assembly must extend that amendment under the newly passed efforts to create a federal health care exchange in Virginia.
Unless Virginia adopts language that prevents the funding of abortion through the new health care exchanges, babies will be killed with Virginia taxpayer funds!
Pro-abortion proponents in the General Assembly are determined to prevent the extension of this protective amendment.
This reasonable policy was already approved by the General Assembly two years ago (when insurance companies covering abortion on demand were banned from a state-run exchange).
ACTION: Governor McDonnell needs to know you do not want your tax dollars funding abortion through any health care insurance exchange set up in Virginia. Please contact him immediately and urge him to ensure Virginia opts out of abortion coverage.
Please also contact your members of the General Assembly and let them know that you want to see taxpayer funded abortions prevented under the new healthcare exchanges. Ask them to support any amendment from the Governor that will accomplish this goal during the upcoming veto session on April 3, 2013.
Olivia Gans Turner
President, Virginia Society for Human Life