Statement of Supreme Knight Carl Anderson on the GAO report’s finding of taxpayer funding of abortion

Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson released the following statement in light of the Government Accounting Office’s report: “Health Insurance Exchanges: Coverage of Non-excepted Abortion Services by Qualified Health Plans.”

“The American people are overwhelmingly opposed to taxpayer funding of abortion (58 to 37 percent in our polling this year). President Obama offered assurances that abortion would not be funded as a result of his health care legislation. Addressing a joint session of Congress in 2009, he said: ‘And one more misunderstanding I want to clear up — under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.’ However, the GAO report reveals that as with so many of the promises of ObamaCare, this assurance too has proven patently false and adds yet another broken promise to the troubled — and troubling — legacy of this law. ObamaCare has been circumventing the Hyde Amendment, and it is imperative that the Senate immediately pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. Passing this will address at least one of the many fatal flaws in this law’s implementation. But as a country, perhaps it is time for us to consider what future there can be for a law whose signature achievement has been the magnitude of its broken promises.”


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