Pennsylvania Law Stops Abortion Health Insurance Scheme

I am so thankful that we passed House Bill 818 here in Pennsylvania.

The bill, which is now Act 13, prevents our tax dollars from being used for abortion by opting out of abortion coverage in the state health insurance exchange created in Capitol-front-viewLargeObamacare.

Act 13 actually made a bigger impact than most people probably realized at first. In states that didn’t pass a law like ours, their residents may be misled into supporting even more abortions.

Recent news reports say the government is placing more power and money into the hands of Planned Parenthood. Several of the abortion giant’s state affiliates (none here in Pennsylvania, thankfully) received navigator grants to help uninsured people sign up for health insurance.

It’s not hard to guess how Planned Parenthood will “guide” Americans when it comes to choosing a health care plan. Planned Parenthood makes their money doing abortions, and the more people with abortion coverage in their health insurance, the more women will have abortions. The more abortions, the more money for Planned Parenthood. What a great scheme, right?

But thanks to Act 13, that’s not going to happen here in Pennsylvania. We said no to abortion coverage in our state insurance exchange plans. We said no to biased counseling and no to our tax dollars being spent on abortion.

It’s clear even more now than ever before why we needed to pass Act 13. I’m so thankful for Pennsylvania saying a big YES to life!

Thanks To You, No Taxpayer Funding of Abortions!

Thanks to you, it happened!


Legislative Director Maria Gallagher and Education Director Micaiah Bilger with a copy of House Bill 818, signed by Governor Tom Corbett.

Thanks to you, Pennsylvania taxpayers will not have to pay for abortions under the health insurance exchange created by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

House Bill 818, which became law as Act 13, ensures that Pennsylvania opts out of elective abortion coverage in the state health insurance exchange created through Obamacare.

Our team worked round the clock to ensure that you and your family would not be forced to pay for the expansion of abortion in the Commonwealth.

Lives will be saved, mothers will be empowered, and your hard-earned tax dollars will be safeguarded as a result of this remarkable legislative achievement.

Please join us as we work to make the next miracle happen. Donate today or volunteer with a pro-life chapter in your area!

Victory! Pa. Senate OKs Bill to Prevent Tax Funding of Abortion

Bill Protecting Pa. Tax Dollars Heads to Governor

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania taxpayers gained a victory Wednesday when the state Senate passed a bill to prevent tax dollars from being spent on abortions.

House Bill 818, which passed the state House in April, ensures that Pennsylvania opts out of elective abortion coverage in the state health insurance exchange created through the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. The bill passed the Senate with bipartisan support, 31 votes in favor to 19 against.

“House Bill 818 is a true taxpayer protection bill,” said Maria Gallagher, legislative director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation. “We applaud the Senate for preserving Pennsylvania’s longstanding and time-tested policy that prevents taxpayer funding of abortion.”

The Affordable Care Act includes a provision allowing states to opt-out of abortion coverage in the health insurance exchanges. Pennsylvania is one of more than 30 states that have, or are in the process of, enacting opt-out legislation.

“National polls show that more than 70 percent of Americans oppose tax dollars being spent on abortion,” Gallagher said. “We are grateful to both the Senate and the House for listening to women and men throughout the Commonwealth who do not want their hard-earned tax dollars to be used for abortions.”

House Bill 818 includes exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother, which are the same exceptions that apply to Medicaid funding of abortion in Pennsylvania. Therefore, the Pennsylvania bill is in line with state law and the U.S. Constitution.

The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Donna Oberlander, R-Clarion, will go to Governor Tom Corbett’s desk for signature.

Legislature Urged to Take Swift Action to Stop Tax Funding of Abortion in Pennsylvania!

House Bill 818 simply safeguards Pennsylvania’s long-standing policy against tax funding of abortion—a policy which works, and which is supported by the vast majority of taxpayers.

Baby feetA Quinnipiac poll shows that more than 70 percent of Americans oppose public funding of abortion under the federal health care law. More specifically, in the same poll, 70 percent of American women opposed such abortion funding.

The bill is about only one thing: ensuring that Pennsylvania continues its long-standing policy against taxpayer funding of abortion. Twenty-one other states have passed similar legislation and signed it into law, and other states are expected to follow suit.

If HB 818 is not passed by the PA House and Senate and signed by the Governor, starting next year, Pennsylvania taxpayers will be paying for abortions under the health insurance exchange created by the federal health care law—radically reversing Pennsylvania’s decades-old policy against tax-funded abortions.

Call your state rep NOW and urge a yes vote on HB 818! To find out contact info for your state lawmaker, call us at 717-541-0034.