National Right to Life is challenging President Obama to respect Americans’ sacred, historical right to observe our most deeply held moral and political beliefs. NRLC President Carol Tobias spoke at a rally outside the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., today after oral hearings in the case of Priests for Life v. Sebelius.
“At issue here today,” Mrs. Tobias said, “is whether religious institutions and organizations can be forced to provide health coverage for drugs and procedures in opposition to their religious and moral beliefs. . . The law allows the Secretary of Health and Human Services to mandate that most health plans cover any service that the Secretary places on a list of ‘preventive’ services. There is nothing in the law to prevent the Secretary from placing abortion, assisted suicide, or any other additional services on this list.”
Mrs. Tobias continued: “In an attempt to protect and promote abortion, Obamacare prohibits [health insurance] exchanges from telling prospective enrollees in advance about the ‘abortion surcharge’ which is the defined monthly charge for abortion coverage. This abortion surcharge is not optional – every enrollee in an abortion-covering exchange plan must pay it, including families that have moral objections to abortion. Moreover, many enrollees are having great difficulty even finding out whether these exchange plans cover elective abortion and so may be unknowingly signing up for an abortion-covering plan.
“Mr. President, why are you forcing millions of Americans who have a moral, conscientious objection to abortion to use their hard-earned dollars to pay for killing innocent unborn children?” Tobias asked.
Of course, we know the reason Obama is forcing Americans to pay for the killing of innocent children: He is an ideologue on the issue, the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history. His signature health care law is also his signature affront to unborn babies and their mothers, resulting in more dead, more wounded, more needless tragedies that could be avoided.
Mrs. Tobias concluded by calling on President Obama to “stand up for the rights of the American people. Support a change to Obamacare so that Americans do not have to pay for abortions, and rescind your mandate to force religious institutions from participating in programs to which they object!”
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