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Urge Congress to say NO to Abortion funding in Obamacare Replace
February 27, 2017 - Monday

The time for Congress to repeal Obamacare is now! The repeal of Obamacare was a top issue that drove conservative voters to the polls to vote this past November. The drive to end Obamacare is due in part to the fact that taxpayers are overwhelmingly opposed to public funding of elective abortions. Despite this, American taxpayers are still being forced to subsidize this atrocity to the tune of millions of dollars a year in Obamacare, which subsidizes health plans with abortion coverage. As Republicans seek to repeal and replace Obamacare, they must not allow this to continue.

Any Republican health care “replace” provisions must follow the longstanding Hyde Amendment’s fundamental pro-life principle that abortion is not health care and the government should not fund or incentivize abortion on demand. If any health care legislation Congress takes up fails to meet this basic test, pro-life members of the House and Senate must stand should-to-shoulder to defeat the bill.

Last year’s reconciliation bill passed the Senate with just 51 votes (with FRC’s support). If not for President Obama’s veto, it would have blocked the lion’s share of taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood and dismantled large parts of Obamacare, stopping its taxpayer subsidies for health care plans that cover abortion on-demand. The reconciliation bill that Congress takes up this month, at minimum, must include these important pro-life provisions from last year’s legislation.

FRC -- along with other pro-lifers -- is concerned that if House Republicans add Obamacare “replace” provisions in the form of universal tax credits and other subsidies for health care, as they are preparing to do, strict Senate budget rules could strip out any provisions stopping funding for abortion in these health care programs. If this happens, pro-lifers will then be forced to oppose the entire bill because it will, in fact, fund abortion on-demand, even if it also defunds Planned Parenthood for one year.

Your Senators and Member of Congress need to hear from you right now! Please call them at (202) 224-3121 and urge them not only to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood just like last year, but also to oppose the “replace” bill if the abortion funding restrictions are struck down by strict Senate budget rules.

Congress must avoid creating Obamacare 2.0 when it comes to taxpayer subsidies for abortion on demand. The final version of any health care “replace” legislation must, as an absolute requirement, bar subsidies for elective abortion coverage or services. If such a prohibition fails, Members of the House and Senate must oppose the entire bill.

Thank you for your vital work in defense of innocent human life.