The House will be voting on the Protect Life Act, H.R. 358, on Thursday. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pennsylvania) and Dan Lipinski (D-Illinois) and would apply the Hyde amendment to the new health care law by guaranteeing that no tax subsidies can flow to plans that cover elective abortion.
When ObamaCare was signed into law, clear language did not exist to prohibit funds from being used for abortion services. Ultimately, the vague nature of the bill will result in the allocation of taxpayer funds for abortions. Many Americans do not want their hard-earned money to provide for abortion on demand.
As a solution to this problem, H.R. 358 would: eliminate the accounting gimmick and create true separation of funds by requiring abortion plans to be sold separately from health care plans receiving federal dollars; prevent any federal agencies or appointees from mandating private insurance plans to cover abortion; codify the Hyde-Weldon provision to protect the consciences of health care providers who refuse to participate in providing abortions; prevent the Office of Personnel Management from contracting with or administering health plans that include abortion; and grant permanent pro-life protections originally provided under the Stupak-Pitts amendment.
Please call your Representative today at 202-225-3121 and ask him/her to support H.R.358. Also, please ask them to oppose any amendments which would undermine this bill as it passes from Committee. Please click here to find your Representative.
The Legislation Department