Congressman Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss) introduced the Stop Abortion Funding in Multi-State Exchange Plans Act (SAFE Act). The bill would extend longstanding federal policy prohibiting taxpayer funding of elective abortions to multi-state insurance plans offered through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
"In the 40 years since Roe v Wade, over 50 million Americans have been denied the right to life. While some of my colleagues and I have strong disagreements over abortion policy, surely we can all agree that taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize a practice so many Americans find abhorrent," said Nunnelee.
A longtime champion of pro-life causes, Nunnelee encouraged his colleagues to join his effort.
"President Obama, speaking on another subject, said "When it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now... Let's do the right thing.' My bill is an effort to do the right thing and protect taxpayers from funding the destruction of the most vulnerable among us, the unborn child," Nunnelee said.
The National Right to Life Committee issued the following statement in support of the SAFE Act:
"National Right to Life strongly supports Congressman Nunnelee's legislation to prevent health insurance plans that will be offered by the federal government, the so-called 'multi-state' plans created by Obamacare, from paying for elective abortions. The bill applies the same policy to these plans that Congress has long applied to the health plans offered to federal employees"