While the Supreme Court has ruled against Obamacare’s abortion-drug requirement, the government-run system still doesn’t offer consumers in certain parts of the country at least one abortion-free plan.
The American Center for Law and Justice said Tuesday that consumers should be able “to select a plan that both meets their individual needs and is in line with their conscience.”
ACLJ formally has submitted a comment in support of a Department of Health and Human Services rule to ensure abortion-free plans are available to everyone.
The rule would require insurance companies that offer qualified plans under Obamacare to provide plans “to consumers that omits coverage of those abortion services.”
“This rule would ensure that consumers choosing a [qualified plan] under the ACA in all geographical regions (except the four states where abortion coverage is mandated) are able to select plans that do not include non-Hyde Amendment abortion coverage.”
Americans, ACLJ’s comment states, should be allowed “to keep their funds from being used to pay for abortion services.”
There are nine jurisdictions now with no abortion-free Obamacare option.
“With so many different government agencies regulating so many different areas of our daily lives, it can seem overwhelming to keep track of them all. But, we here at the ACLJ understand the importance of this public comment process and of making our voice heard. Pro-life rules and regulations are especially important for us to support. Pro-abortion supporters often turn out in droves to let the government know that they will not support any pro-life rule – no matter how common-sense it may be. This is why we are a part of the process, and why we need you to support us by adding your name to our legal public comment by signing our petitions, and then by submitting your own comment. Government agencies are required to note how many comments support the rule, and how many comments object to the rule. When the public overwhelmingly objects to the proposed rule, it greatly affects whether that rule is adopted in the form it was presented, or whether the rule has to undergo changes to conform to public input,” ACLJ said.
The new rule is a “common-sense pro-life rule that broadens insurance coverage options for pro-life individuals by requiring insurance companies offering qualified health plans under Obamacare to provide at least one plan that does not include abortion coverage for abortions other than those performed for the life of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest, and except where prohibited by state law,” the organization said.
So far, 22,000 comments have been submitted, with many of them opposing the proposed rule because of its pro-life stance. But ACLJ said its comment represents the views of its more than 210,000 members.
ACLJ said it’s “wrong to force someone to be complicit in acts that violate his or her conscience.”
“Under current law, U.S. citizens are required to obtain a minimum level of insurance coverage. Thus, consumers are legally required to obtain insurance coverage. Yet, while individual consumers are complying with the current law, many issuers are not providing coverage that is in line with the consciences of those consumers,” ACLJ said.
“Abortion is one of the gravest of all offenses against human life and against justice because it entails the deliberate killing of an innocent human being – a human being, as recently affirmed by President Trump, who is ‘made in the holy image of God.’ It is an indisputable scientific fact that the unborn child is a distinct biological organism, is alive, and belongs to the species homo sapiens. Thus, any justification of abortion (aside from the extremely rare life vs. life situations where the mother is at serious risk of dying from continuing the pregnancy) fundamentally rests on the proposition that some members of the human race do not have even the most basic of human rights, the right to live.”
ACLJ noted HHS has been working lately on efforts to protect life and conscience, “and it is our hope that these recent efforts are emblematic of a long-term commitment to righting the wrongs of the past.”