Federal funding of health care plans that also cover abortion, including ObamaCare, would be banned under legislation the House will vote on this week, prompting one top Obama administration official to describe the action as a “war” on women.
The Protect Life Act seeks to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, prevent federal funding for abortion through government exchanges and community health centers, and ensure health care workers are not forced to perform abortions.
House Speaker John Boehner announced the vote while speaking at the Values Voters Summit on Friday, saying Republicans will continue their press to make sure the provision is “the law of the land.”
But Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius rallied her abortion advocates at a NARAL fund-raiser in Chicago, and said that pro-life advocates want to “roll back the last 50 years in progress women have made in comprehensive health care in America.”
“We’ve come a long way in women’s health over the last few decades, but we are in a war,” Sebelius said.
The National Right to Life Committee says it will watch how members on both sides of the aisle vote when the legislation comes up on Thursday.
“The administration’s 2010 pretense that ObamaCare did not expand abortion grows more tattered with each passing month,” said Douglas Johnson, legislation director of National Right to Life.
The bill was authored by Rep. Joe Pitts (R.-Pa.), who says that “protecting life” should not be a “partisan issue.
“A majority of Americans have consistently shown they oppose federal funding for abortion,” Pitts said. “The new health care law is riddled with loopholes that allow taxpayer subsidies for coverage that includes abortion. My new bill would extend longstanding policy by preventing federal dollars from being used to pay for abortion coverage.”