Last updated on: 9/10/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Americans United for Life (AUL) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“The new health care reform law requires individual States to operate and maintain ‘health insurance exchanges.’ Health insurance plans offering abortion coverage are allowed to participate in a state’s exchange and to receive federal subsidies unless the State legislature affirmatively opts-out of offering these plans… If one chooses a plan that covers abortion, his or her tax credit cannot be used to directly pay for abortions; however, the tax credit subsidizes the insurance plan which covers abortions.

Contrary to some perceptions, President Obama’s March 24, 2010 Executive Order does not make the new health care reform law conform to the longstanding principle of the Hyde Amendment – that the federal government will not pay for abortions or for insurance plans that cover abortions.

While the text of the Executive Order addresses the health insurance exchanges, it utterly fails to apply the language of the Hyde Amendment to them. Section 2 of the Order provides guidelines for ‘strict compliance’ with the provisions in the new law that address how federal subsidies are handled in plans that cover abortions in the exchanges. However, these guidelines do nothing to prevent federal subsidies from going to plans that cover abortions…”

“States Opt Out,” www.aul.org (accessed Sep. 8, 2010)

Description:

“Founded in 1971 as the first national pro-life organization in the United States, Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization whose vision is a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law.”

“About AUL,” www.AUL.org (accessed May 20, 2010)

Mission:

“Our mission at Americans United for Life is to defend human life through vigorous legislative, judicial, and educational efforts, on both the state and national level.”

“About AUL,” www.AUL.org (accessed May 20, 2010)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Can federal funds be used for abortion services?