March for Life Statement on Motion to Repeal & BCRA

 

The March for Life supports the motion to proceed on the 2015 repeal bill, which would repeal the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. The language from the 2015 repeal bill would prohibit tax dollars from going to abortion providers, and it would end the Obamacare tax scheme that allows taxpayer funds to pay directly for insurance plans that cover abortions. Should the motion fail, and the Senate then proceeds to the Better Care Act, the March for Life’s statement is as follows:

“March for Life Action applauds the work of the Administration, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in their efforts to ensure pro-life protections are included in the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. We praise the major pro-life victories within the bill, including the creation of the Stability Fund with pro-life protections and very significantly, redirecting taxpayer funding away from organizations that provide abortions to federally qualified health centers.

Yet, we have concerns. It is unfortunate that pro-life protections on the refundable tax credit portion of the bill will not survive the procedural requirements of the reconciliation process, thus resulting in the continuation of one of the most harmful abortion-related aspects of Obamacare. We urge the Congress and the Administration to do all they can to include these pro-life protections in future legislation.

We are grateful to the Congress and the Administration for the pro-life advances that are included in this bill. Our message will remain the same – abortion is not health care. We have worked from that principle in this healthcare debate and are committed to doing so in the future.”

– Tom McClusky, President March for Life Action