Washington D.C., Oct 28, 2019 / 16:12 pm America/Denver (CNA).
A group of pro-life leaders is calling on the Trump administration to finalize a rule that would require abortion to be billed separately from other services in taxpayer funded health insurance plans.
An Oct. 21 letter to Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at the Department of Health and Human Services, applauded the pro-life efforts of the Trump administration.
The letter asked HHS to further these efforts by implementing a rule removing the ability for insurance companies to create “hidden abortion surcharges,” through which “enrollees...are unknowingly paying into plans that subsidize elective abortion.”
The letter was signed by the heads of more than 40 pro-life organizations in the U.S., including Susan B. Anthony List, National Right to Life Committee, March for Life Action, Americans United for Life, and American Association of Pro-Life OB-GYNS.
“Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment has prohibited federal funding through Health and Human Services to cover elective abortions or insurance plans that include elective abortion coverage,” the signatories said. “Research shows that by the end of 2018, over 2.3 million babies have been saved as a result of this amendment.”