Lansing (MCC) - Michigan Catholic Conference released the following statement and call to action regarding taxpayer funded abortion:
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or the federal health care reform law passed in 2010, allows for individual states to offer health plans that include abortion coverage. States must then pass additional language, also known as opt-out measures, in order to prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion. Twenty-three states have already passed similar abortion-opt language, including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Michigan residents have begun the process of purchasing insurance for the year 2014, as required by the Affordable Care Act. In order to prohibit taxpayers from paying for elective abortions in these insurance plans, a measure called the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act must be passed.
On October 4, the signatures of over 315,000 Michigan citizens were submitted to the Board of State Canvassers, well over the 258,088 required. The signatures indicated