Cincinnati Right to Life seeks to restrict reimbursements for abortion providers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 24, 2018 (Cincinnati, OH): In the wake of announcements by both candidates for Ohio Governor supporting the expansion of Medicaid funding, Cincinnati Right to Life is calling upon both campaigns to pledge to direct the Department of Medicaid to write rules for the program that would prohibit the distribution of funds to providers who refer for or perform abortions.
“With Mike DeWine’s announcement of support for continued Medicaid expansion with work requirements in Ohio, and with Richard Cordray’s continuing support for the so-called Affordable Care Act (ACA), we find the need to publicly call on them to commit to voters of conscience that none of this funding will be utilized to subsidize or reimburse for abortion, whether that be referrals or the procedure itself,” commented Meg Wittman, Executive Director of Cincinnati Right to Life.
Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati was among organizations which filed a lawsuit against Governor John Kasich’s initial decision to seek the federal program funding from the Obama administration, due to concerns over the funding not being restricted from reimbursing providers for abortion related services. In 2016, the Obama administration issued a letter notifying states that, under the “any willing provider” provision, recipient states were prohibited from writing qualifications to restrict abortion providers from seeking funding reimbursements.
However, in January 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services, under the Trump administration, restored the flexibility of states to determine appropriate qualifications for providers to obtain Medicaid funding reimbursements, which includes prohibiting funding from flowing to those providers who perform, provide, or refer for abortion.
“We know that 20,000 unborn children are killed in the womb every year in our state.” continued Wittman. “Restrictions like this on Medicaid reimbursements can likely lower that number. However, we must continue to thoughtfully put forward and vote for truly pro-life candidates who will not only support abortion restrictions, but work towards the outright elimination of abortion in our state.”