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Supreme Court lets national health care law stand

In response to the United States Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said:

It is important to remember that what is ruled constitutional by our judicial system does not create a moral right.  The Affordable Care Act concerns me because of the anti-life provisions and mandates. Support for abortion has contaminated the Affordable Care Act.  The national health care plan allows federal tax dollars to be used for abortion and for insurance plans which cover abortion. This is unacceptable. With the law remaining intact, the Michigan legislature must act immediately to exclude health plans from covering abortions on state exchanges.

Right to Life of Michigan Legislative Director Ed Rivet said, “S.B. 612-614 are pending on the Michigan Senate floor and should be voted on at the soonest possible opportunity. The federal health care reform legislation enacted in March 2010 requires that all 50 states operate insurance ‘exchanges’ to provide more access to health plans and information about plans for both individuals and employers. The Affordable Care Act contains a provision allowing the states to exclude abortion as a covered benefit in the health insurance plans operating under the exchange. This provision is known as ‘the abortion opt-out.’"

Right to Life of Michigan will continue to be a strong voice for the defenseless and for those who object to their tax dollars being used for abortion. Right to Life of Michigan opposed the enactment of the Affordable Care Act because of its abortion and rationing components.

This court decision unquestionably reminds each and every voter that the general election in November is of utmost importance.

Listing said, “All voters who care about the value and dignity of human life must do everything they can to elect Mitt Romney and a Congress who are committed to repeal the Affordable Care Act.”

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