Some clarity on abortion coverage - no thanks to the gov't

Friday, November 21, 2014
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Some pro-life individuals have had run into critical roadblocks when signing up for ObamaCare, but two groups have combined forces to make it easier.

The Obama administration has failed repeatedly to make good on promises for abortion transparency in the Affordable Care Act – making it frustrating for individuals and families who don't want to support abortion when they are purchasing insurance during the current enrollment period.

Arina Grossu of the Family Research Council tells OneNewsNow they have heard some real horror stories about dealing with companies.

Grossu

"Some have policies that are readily available online but mention nothing about abortion. Others don't have any policies online, so of course you can't get an answer that way," she explains. "And then if you call, oftentimes the people on the other line have no idea or they misinterpret your question and send you to the wrong department – and so it's a big mess."

The result, she says, is that people who don't support abortion could find themselves buying blind into a policy that does include coverage for elective abortions. But according to Grossu, FRC and the Charlotte Lozier Institute are working to provide answers.

"We have launched a new website called ObamacareAbortion.com so that people can click and find out which plans cover and which ones don't cover elective abortions in their state [and] so they can make decisions based on this information that is in line with their conscience."

Pro-life groups have been pushing the government to make that information available but to no avail. A bill that would require the government to do just that has passed in the House and awaits action in the Senate.

The Government Accountability Office – after many months and the release of a government watchdog report – found 1,036 of the plans sold in 2014 under ObamaCare included abortion on demand. The information for 2015 that is found at ObamacareAbortion.com is the result of the efforts of FRC and Lozier Institute "scouring" the Internet for answers.

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