Oberlander Legislation Prohibiting Taxpayer-Funded Abortion Coverage Now Law
6/17/2013
Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong) attends Governor Tom Corbett’s official signing of her legislation (Act 13 of 2013) to prohibit taxpayer funded abortion coverage in qualified plans offered through a health insurance exchange.
HARRISBURG —
Legislation sponsored by Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong) to prohibit abortion coverage in qualified plans offered through a health insurance exchange was signed into law today.

“If we as a Commonwealth are going to succeed in safeguarding the gift of human life, we must do everything possible to preserve current law by prohibiting the existence of taxpayer-funded earmarks that make elective abortions more affordable or convenient,” said Oberlander.  “This is the purpose of Act 13 nothing more, nothing less.”

Act 13 of 2013 will explicitly prohibit health insurers participating in any taxpayer-subsidized state health insurance exchange — an insurance system created under the new federal health care law and currently slated to be operational by 2014 — from providing coverage for elective abortions. 

While not prohibiting an individual from purchasing abortion coverage on a separate premium outside the health insurance exchange, the only allowable exceptions under this new law include:  averting the death of the mother upon certification from a physician, rape or incest.   As an additional safeguard, Oberlander’s law prohibits health insurance exchanges from excluding coverage for any post-abortion complication, any miscarriage or any complication associated with a miscarriage.

“Pro-life, pro-choice, undecided or indifferent, the vast majority of Pennsylvania taxpayers do not support their tax dollars being used to further the practice of abortion on demand,” said Oberlander.  “This new law is not only consistent with the will of the people, but more importantly, the current rule of Commonwealth law that already prohibits even one penny of taxpayer dollars from funding any elective abortion procedure.”

Representative Donna Oberlander
63rd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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