Later this month, pro-life advocates across the country will gather to mourn the 42nd year of the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that endeavored to legitimize abortion in the eyes of the American public. That the endeavor failed – that year after year sees stronger support among ensuing generations for a repeal of the ruling – is cold comfort to those of us chilled by the specter of the 57 million babies (one out of six of our fellow Americans) killed in the womb across these four decades.
While the search for legal means of reversing Roe v. Wade goes on, the great parallel effort to minimalize its deadly impact continues apace all over the country – and thanks to you, Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys are playing a crucial role.
Last year alone, we rejoiced in two critical victories at the U.S. Supreme Court, both with far-reaching implications. McCullen v. Coakley affirmed the right of pro-life advocates to present their message of love and hope on public sidewalks, even in the immediate vicinity of abortion centers. Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell, acknowledged that Christian business owners’ constitutionally protected religious freedom absolves them from following the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate.
Last November, ADF attorneys representing a Connecticut pro-life family voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit against federal and state officials after the government revised Obamacare plan options so that, for the first time in Connecticut, citizens will have at least some options to enroll in Obamacare plans without directly paying for others’ elective abortions. Despite the Connecticut change, families in many other states are still being forced to pay hidden abortion surcharges.
Which is why, late last month, ADF joined the Charlotte Lozier Institute and the Family Research Council in warning the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) about proposed rules under the Affordable Care Act that disguise abortion surcharges. (While federal law prohibits taxpayer subsidies for elective abortions, Obamacare regulations prevent disclosure of the abortion surcharge to customers, many of whom unknowingly pay the fee to cover such abortions.)
“No one should be forced to pay a secret fee to cover other people’s elective abortions,” says ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “The Obama administration needs to stop deceiving the American people and coercing them to fund abortion. No matter where a person stands on abortion itself, everyone should be able to agree that this type of intentional and illegal deception is wrong and should stop.”
The ADF comment filed with HHS and OPM explains that the proposed rules fail to protect consumers because they continue “to permit insurance companies to confuse abortion coverage and conceal the abortion premium surcharge.”
“If Americans are to be forced off their existing, chosen insurance plans and into the ACA insurance exchanges regulated by your agencies, they should at least be entitled to full disclosure of the contents of the plans on those exchanges and what they are paying for,” the comment states. “Unfortunately, the proposed rules do not protect consumers, and in fact may continue to mislead them into enrolling in abortion-including plans and paying for others’ abortions in violation of their conscience.”
“Whatever one’s views of abortion, the current exchanges and plans regulated by your agencies do not protect any ‘right to choose’ abortion coverage,” the comment continues. “In fact, they leave many Americans without a choice that fits both their health needs and respects their right of conscience. They deceive and compel Americans to pay for others’ elective abortions. This is unconscionable and within your power to correct.”
If you’re wondering whether your Obamacare plan covers elective abortions and requires the hidden abortion surcharge, I urge you to visit a new website created by the Charlotte Lozier Institute and Family Research Council that will help you determine that. Meanwhile, I hope you and your family will join me in praying for a speedy end to the horror of legalized abortion in America …
… for our ADF attorneys, as they work to provide legal protections for children in the womb…
… for the women in every corner of the nation who, moment by moment, are making the soul-wrenching decision of whether to preserve or destroy the life in their wombs – and for the men who affect and are affected by that decision…
… and for the souls of those who, in their blindness, refuse to recognize the extraordinary, priceless value of Imago Dei – the fact that every life, from conception, is made in the image of God Himself.
And as our God lives, so will the life He created and sanctified. Now and forever, life wins – and no court’s decision can change that.
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