Sanctity of Human Life Concerns
April 10, 2013 -The Ohio House of Representatives has stripped Governor Kasich’s proposal to participate in federal Medicaid expansion from the Ohio budget [see breaking news].
The budget now goes to the Ohio Senate, which must also vote on this measure.
Serious problems with the federal government’s proposed Medicaid expansion program, from many perspectives, raise caution, including sanctity of human life concerns. The Medicaid system needs reform not expansion to best serve the underprivileged.
- The HHS Mandate will govern Medicaid programs in states participating in Medicaid expansion, requiring that birth control, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilizations be covered through tax funding.
- Even now, Medicaid has covered for years, under states’ limited discretion, these same measures that citizens are protesting in the HHS Mandate as a violation of conscience-with the addition of surgical abortions (17 states cover abortion on demand, in Ohio for restricted cases).
- Leading abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, receives Medicaid funding for so-called “family planning” measures. According to Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s most recent annual report, taxpayer funding, including Medicaid, accounted for 42.5% of its total annual budget-handing this abortion giant $538.5 million.
- Medicaid expansion guarantees revenue to help keep Planned Parenthood in business. (Planned Parenthood affiliates in several states are also under investigation for Medicaid fraud.)
- Medicaid expansion is not necessary to help poor women carry their babies to term, rather than abort. Ohio’s Medicaid program already covers pregnant women and uninsured children (to age 19) in families with income up to 200% of the federal poverty level.
ACTION: Contact your Ohio State Senator to oppose using our tax dollars for Medicaid expansion.
See: Ohio Senators