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Latta: Americans Should Have Freedom to Exercise Their Rights of Conscience

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Washington, DC, Oct 10, 2013 | Laura Strange (202-225-6405) | comments

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has signed on as an original cosponsor to H.R. 3279, introduced by Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL), requiring all insurance plans on the health care exchanges to disclose whether or not the plan includes coverage for abortion. If the plan includes such coverage, the plan must also disclose the amount of the abortion surcharge.

“Americans who are adamantly supportive of protecting the unborn should know whether or not their health plan includes abortion coverage and have the choice to opt-out of such a plan,” Latta said. “Failing to disclose this type of information is an infringement on the religious freedom that has been upheld in this country for over 200 years for millions of Americans.”

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) such disclosures are not required. The Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act amends the ACA to mandate that insurance providers specify whether or not the plan includes coverage for abortion, and if so, the plan must disclose the amount of the surcharge.

“Protecting the sanctity of life has been a top priority of mine, and it is so important that we pass meaningful legislation to defend policies that protect the unborn,” concluded Latta. 



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