In response to Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling that the president’s signature healthcare law is constitutional as a tax, the nation’s abortion industry expressed pleasure at the outcome.
Hailing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka ObamaCare, as “the greatest advance in women’s health in a generation,” Planned Parenthood, self-described as “the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate,” issued the following statement from its president, Cecile Richards:
…Affordable, quality health care will now be available to millions of women who had no coverage or inadequate coverage before…This is a victory for the American people, and we thank President Obama and the members of Congress who passed the Affordable Care Act for their leadership on this issue…Women who come into Planned Parenthood health centers often struggle to balance paying for birth control and health services with paying for textbooks, groceries, or gas for the car. The Affordable Care Act will make those decisions easier for women across the country.
Planned Parenthood notes that as a result of ObamaCare’s newly declared constitutional status, beginning August 1st, “birth control will be treated like any other preventive prescription under the Affordable Care Act, and will be available without co-pays or deductibles.” The organization here refers to the HHS mandate which forces all employers to provide free contraception, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization procedures to employees in their health insurance plans, even those employers whose religion or conscience prohibits them from complying with the law. This mandate is still being challenged in federal courts around the nation.
Planned Parenthood has indeed enjoyed a mutually beneficial, perhaps even symbiotic, relationship with the Obama administration and Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of HHS. Last month alone, Secretary Sebelius dumped $728 million into Planned Parenthood-eligible “community health centers.” An additional $128 million was gifted to the organization last week, just prior to the anticipated Supreme Court ruling.
Similarly, Nancy Keenan, the soon-to-be former president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, was clearly pleased with the high court’s decision. “The Affordable Care Act marks the greatest advancement for women’s health in a generation,” she said. “This law will bring 30 million Americans into a health-care system that includes affordable family-planning services, better access to contraception, and maternity care. The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the law is a tremendous victory for American women.”
ObamaCare will effectively utilize federal funds for abortion by allowing insurance companies that participate in the states’ “exchanges” to charge women a $1 surcharge for abortion coverage. The “exchanges” are where those who either can no longer afford their own health care insurance, or whose employers can no longer afford to cover them, will be forced to go for health insurance coverage. They will effectively be the “site” at which the “public option” will be implemented when private health insurance becomes too costly.
In just one day in this nation’s history, we have come closer to legitimizing our taxpayer dollars being used to fund and propagate the abortion industry. Yet another important reason to stop the madness in November.