Pro-lifers call out Senator Kay Hagan for protecting abortion coverage in Obamacare plans

Pro-abortion Senator Kay Hagan

Pro-abortion Senator Kay Hagan

This fall, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report documenting abortion funding in taxpayer-subsidized Obamacare exchange plans. Some 1,036 plans offered in the exchanges cover elective abortions, implicating taxpayers in the practice of abortion on demand.

National Right to Life’s Legislative Director Douglas Johnson pointed out, “Those really responsible for this scandal are the lawmakers, such as Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mark Begich of Alaska, and Mark Udall of Colorado, who voted against the pro-life amendment that would have prevented this massive federal funding of abortion-covering plans.”

Hagan not only supported the passage of Obamacare with its abortion-funding provisions: during the crafting of the healthcare overhaul, she specifically opposed language that would have protected taxpayers from funding abortions.

When Obamacare was ultimately passed in March 2010, President Obama insisted that no federal dollars would be used to fund abortions. As pro-life Congressman Chris Smith said in response to the GAO report, “It turns out that those ironclad promises made by the President himself are absolutely untrue.”

Moreover, despite assurances that every state would offer plans that do not cover abortions, the GAO report found five states – Connecticut, Hawaii, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont – in which every Obamacare exchange plan covers elective abortions.

Even in states where plans that do not include abortion are offered, the complete lack of transparency makes it impossible for Americans to determine if the plan they are purchasing covers abortions or not. Consumers have to buy a plan to learn if their premiums are helping fund the destruction of human life.


Real health care saves lives

As we mentioned in our last post, there is no doubt that the availability of abortion funding directly results in the death of unborn children.

Since the passage of Obamacare, the House of Representatives has tried to rein in its abortion expansion components by passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7).  However, the lack of a pro-life majority in the U.S. Senate has prevented the legislation from progressing.

Pro-abortion groups know that holding on to every pro-abortion vote in the Senate is crucial to their agenda, which explains why they are pouring money – literally millions of dollars – into Hagan’s re-election campaign.

The Hagan/Tillis race in North Carolina will be a determining factor in whether a pro-life majority will be established, paving the way for crucial, life-saving legislation.