Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ): Of 112 Obamacare Plans for Congress and Staff, 103 are Pro-Abortion

From a friend on the Hill:

Pro-life Groups:

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) has issued a press statement (pasted below) pointing out yet another example of how insurance plans offered on Obamacare exchanges violate the principles of the Hyde amendment.   In this case, the administration is also violating the Smith amendment with regard to insurance offered to federal employees. 

As Members of Congress and congressional staff approach the December 9th deadline to select an insurance plan offered through the D.C. Obamacare exchange (D.C. Health Link), it has become evident that 103 of the 112 plans offered INCLUDE elective abortion.  Just nine plans exclude elective abortion. 


New Jersey’s Fourth Congressional District

Co-Chair of Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  Contact: Jeff Sagnip (202) 225-3765

Dec. 3, 2013                                             


 Of 112 Obamacare Plans for Congress and Staff, 103 are Pro-Abortion

Washington, D.C.—With a December 9th deadline for Members of Congress and congressional staff  to sign up for Obamacare health insurance, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) released new evidence of President Obama violating pro-life laws and providing taxpayer funding for insurance plans that include abortion on demand.

            “In the run-up to passage of Obamacare, Americans were repeatedly told and reassured by President Obama himself, including in a speech to a joint session of Congress in October 2009, that ‘under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion.’  Obama even issued the infamous Executive Order that claimed, ‘the Act maintains current Hyde Amendment restrictions governing abortion policy and extends those restrictions to newly created health insurance exchanges,’” said Smith.

 “Once again we see those promises ring hollow—what the President said simply isn’t true today.  In the most recent example, 103 of the 112 insurance plans that Members of Congress and congressional staff are being directed to INCLUDE ELECTIVE ABORTION coverage. Only nine plans offered exclude elective abortion,” Smith continued. (Click here to view flyer regarding the nine plans.)

Congressional employees have until just Dec. 9, 2013 to sign up for an employer-sponsored insurance plan on the Obamacare exchange offered in the District of Columbia (DC Health Link). Doubtlessly many congressional staff will—knowingly or unknowingly—sign up for these abortion plans marking a distinct departure from the Smith Amendment, a longstanding law prohibiting abortion coverage in plans provided to federal employees.

The amendment offered by Chris Smith three decades ago to ban abortion funding in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Programs is still current law. Like the Hyde Amendment, the Smith Amendment prohibits the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) from funding or even engaging in administrative activities in connection with any plan that includes abortion. However, the Obama Administration is now violating the Smith amendment since OPM has begun to administer a system for Members of Congress and their staff to obtain taxpayer-subsidized insurance coverage that pays for the destruction of innocent unborn children.

            “Only in response to public pressure did D.C. Health Link release a FAQ explaining how to decipher which plans exclude elective abortion coverage. To date, Secretary Sebelius has failed to provide any information about abortion coverage in plans sold in dozens of states on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace– even after promising to do so over a month ago,” said Smith.

            “This failure to disclose is a problem indicative of Obamacare plans nationwide and is why I have introduced the ‘Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act’ (H.R. 3279), a bill that requires information regarding either inclusion or exclusion of abortion coverage as well as the existence of an abortion surcharge to be ‘prominently displayed.’ To rid Obamacare of its massive expansion of abortion-on-demand facilitation and funding, I have also introduced the No Taxpayers Funding for Abortion Act, (H.R. 7),” Smith continued.

“Abortion isn’t health care — it kills babies and harms women. We live in an age of ultrasound imaging — the ultimate window to the womb and the child who resides there. We are in the midst of a fetal health care revolution, an explosion of benign interventions designed to diagnose, treat and cure the youngest patients,” said Smith.

“Once again it is clear that Obamacare’s abortion mandate violates federal law and makes taxpayers complicit in the culture of death. This is not reform,” said Smith.



Read More Latest News


Discover the latest events, inspiring stories, and trending topics from the pro-life movement.

Press Releases

Check out the official March for Life statements, exciting announcements, and informative interviews with pro-life leaders.

In the News

Keep up-to-date with all that’s happening in the pro-life world.


Start here

plan your trip to
the National
March For Life

Schedule of Events
Travel & Hotel Informations
Helpful Tips for Marchers
Find a Trip to the March
#WhyWeMarch & Social Media
Useful Downloads