Ohio Right to Life Supports Proposed Opt-Out of Abortion Coverage Mandate
From Ohio Right to Life:
(Columbus, Ohio) – Ohio Right to Life applauds the bill submitted for introduction in the Ohio House today by Representatives Danny Bubp (R-West Union) and Joe Uecker (R-Loveland) which bans the inclusion of elective abortions as a benefit within the health exchange required by the new federal health care law.
“Ohio Right to Life strongly supports this legislation that maintains the longstanding Ohio policy that our state tax dollars will not pay for or promote elective abortions,” said Mike Gonidakis, Executive Director of Ohio Right to Life. “Since state funds would be used to establish and operate the state insurance exchange, Ohio needs to pass this bill in order to stay out of the abortion-promotion business. Statewide polling demonstrates that over 70% of Ohioans oppose taxpayer funding of abortions.” Gonidakis said.
The new federal health care law requires each state to establish an “American Health Benefit Exchange” to facilitate the purchase of qualified health plans. These new plans may cover elective abortions; however, the new law also provides that a state may elect to prohibit abortion coverage in plans offered through the state’s exchange if the state enacts a law to do so.
Tennessee and Arizona have already enacted such laws and several other state legislatures are working on similar legislation.
“Since the 1990’s Ohio has prohibited state funds to be used for elective abortions,” stated Representative Bubp. “This legislation continues that practice by making sure that Ohioans’ hard earned tax dollars whether federal or state will not be used to provide elective abortion services.”
Of course, such legislation is unlikely to make it through committee, as the Ohio House is controlled by Democrats… And as Bart Stupak of Michigan proved, there is no such thing as a pro-life Democrat.