Posts Tagged ‘health care’

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Hoosiers Act to Defund ALL Abortion Mills

On Tuesday, May 10th, Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana signed a bill containing numerous pro-life provisions.  A survey of the headlines for most news stories about the bill, however, would lead one to conclude that the legislation’s sole purpose is to bankrupt Planned Parenthood.  In reality, the first section of the bill ensures that tax dollars in the Hoosier state do not bankroll any participant in the abortion industry—not just the nation’s largest abortion provider.[1] Section 1 of Indiana House Bill 1210 prohibits any agency of the state from contracting with or making grants (state funds or state-administered federal funds) […]

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Idaho Becomes 6th State to Opt-Out of Taxpayer Subsidization of Abortion Coverage – 1st in 2011

 On Friday, Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter signed Senate Bill 1115, which prohibits insurance plans from covering most abortions in the Idaho health insurance Exchange (scheduled to go into effect by 2014 pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)).  The bill provides an exception for coverage of abortions when the life of the mother is endangered or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. In 2010, five states – Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee – enacted “opt-out” laws to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to subsidize abortion coverage within their state Exchanges. […]

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

A Missed Opportunity Leads to More Battles over Federal Funding for Abortions

A Missed Opportunity During the 2009-10 health care reform debate, we at Americans United for Life strongly urged Congress to adopt a prohibition on federal funding for elective abortions that would cover all provisions in the new health care reform bill.  Amendments offered in both the House and the Senate would have accomplished this – the Stupak-Pitts amendment in the House and the Hatch-Nelson-Casey amendment in the Senate.  Unfortunately, Congress passed the final health care reform bill without including either of these amendments prohibiting federal funding for abortions. In order to win the votes of a handful of pro-life Democrats […]

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Mississippi 3rd State Where Opt-Out Becomes Law

Governor Haley Barbour has just signed Mississippi’s opt-out bill into law making the state the third to enact this important legislation.  The bill, based on the AUL model, prohibits insurance plans in the soon-to-be-created health care exchanges from providing abortion coverage.  The federal health care law allows taxpayer dollars to be used to subsidize insurance plans that include abortion coverage in the exchanges unless a state proactively chooses to prohibit abortion coverage in those plans. The bill was championed by long-time AUL friend and Mississippi Senator Alan Nunnelee.  So far, Arizona and Tennessee have enacted similar laws. In a release, […]