Terry Jeffrey

At the end of this month, members of Congress will face a binary choice. The House and Senate will pass a bill to fund the government past Sept. 30, the last day of the fiscal year. That bill will either permit or prohibit funding for implementation of Obamacare. Members will need to vote for it or against it.

There will be no middle ground.

If the bill permits funding for implementation of Obamacare and a member votes for it, that member will be voting to allow the administration to send tax dollars to health care providers who perform abortions.

That member will also be voting to allow the administration to use tax dollars to force Catholics and others who share the view that abortion is murder -- or that artificial contraception and sterilization are intrinsically immoral -- to act against their consciences.

Members who knowingly vote for legislation that provides the administration with the money to carry out these attacks on the right to life, the freedom of conscience and the free exercise of religion will be complicit in those attacks.

It will not be as if these members just turned the other way and did not look as the Obama administration facilitated the destruction of innocent life and crushed the freedom of conscience; these members will have knowingly handed the administration the tools it needed to do these evil things.

How do we know that?

The government-run health care exchanges that will sell government-approved health insurance plans will be allowed to sell plans that cover abortion. All health plans sold through these exchanges -- and, eventually, almost all health plans in the United States -- will be required to cover artificial contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs.

The federal government will give households earning less than 400 percent of the federal poverty level -- currently $94,200 for a family of four -- a subsidy to buy health insurance, but only if they buy their policy on the government-run exchange. The Treasury will pay these subsidies directly to the insurance providers.

In all cases -- because of the so-called "preventive services" regulation that requires health care plans to cover abortion-inducing drugs -- these subsidies paid by the Treasury will go to health insurers who pay for abortifacients that terminate human life in the earliest stages of development.

When Americans receiving the federal subsidy for their health insurance premiums buy a health insurance plan that covers doctor-performed abortions, the Treasury will pay tax dollars directly to a health insurance company that pays abortionists to kill unborn babies.


Terry Jeffrey

Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSNews

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