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Surprise, surprise: Pro-lifers take advantage of ObamaCare’s “opt-out” provision

by | Feb 22, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion President Barack Obama

Pro-abortion President Barack Obama

A short item to complete this week’s editions of National Right to Life News Today. The headline in the pro-abortion “Women’s Health Policy Report” earlier this week read, “Abortion-Rights Opponents Embrace Opportunity To Restrict Coverage in Exchanges.”

Well, duh.

There aren’t many provisions in ObamaCare that offer any breathing room for pro-lifers. One is a provision colloquially called the “opt out.”

What that means is that if a state so chooses, insurers participating in the federal health exchanges established under ObamaCare can be barred from covering abortions, except in the case of rape, incest, and the life of the mother. Coverage for abortions would be available through separate supplemental policies.

And that’s exactly what 21 states have done (Arkansas is the latest), with more in the wings.

Maggie Fox, writing for NBC News, offered some unintentionally amusing quotes from pro-abortionists.

For example, “Since the health care law was passed, because there is language in the law that says specifically that states can do this, states have taken it up,” says Gretchen Borchelt, who heads state reproductive health policy at the National Women’s Law Center.” She observed that the opt-out provision was a reminder. “They said, ‘hey we can do this?’” (And they did!)

“It really spotlighted the issue for the states,” chimed in Elizabeth Nash of the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion think-tank.

The vast majority of Americans agree that abortions should not be paid for with tax dollars, said Mary Spaulding Balch, JD, director of NRLC’s Department of State Legislation. “The federal law allows the states to ‘opt-out’ of abortion coverage in these insurance Exchanges and the states are just reflecting the will of the people when they pass these laws,” she told NRL News Today.

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