U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-N.J.) revealed the troubling news in a press release December 3, recalling that in the run-up to ObamaCare, “Americans were repeatedly told and reassured by President Obama himself, including in a speech to a joint session of Congress in October 2009, that ‘under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion.’”
Smith added that “Obama even issued the infamous Executive Order that claimed, ‘... the Act maintains current Hyde Amendment restrictions governing abortion policy and extends those restrictions to newly created health insurance exchanges.’”
In truth, however, Smith, said, those promises were hollow, since 103 of the 112 insurance plans that Members of Congress and their staffer have to choose from include elective abortion coverage. “Only nine plans offered exclude elective abortion,” Smith said.
Some 30 years ago, Smith first introduced an amendment that banned abortion funding in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, a measure that is still law. “Like the Hyde Amendment, the Smith Amendment prohibits the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) from funding or even engaging in administrative activities in connection with any plan that includes abortion,” Smith's office noted. “However, the Obama Administration is now violating the Smith amendment since the OPM has begun to administer a system for Members of Congress and their staff to obtain taxpayer-subsidized insurance coverage that pays for the destruction of innocent unborn children.”
Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) charged that the Obama administration “is clearly breaking longstanding federal law by offering Members of Congress and congressional staff health care plans that include abortion on demand. This is just another example of how Obamacare expands taxpayer funding of abortion, and is sadly another instance of how the President and his Administration misled the American people when Obamacare was being debated by Congress.”
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