Note: You may download, print, and distribute a hardcopy of the petition at this link.
As reported by the Providence Journal on October 23, Governor Lincoln Chafee is pointing the finger at Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Health Care, and Neighborhood Health Plan for the fact that all of the health insurance plans available through HealthSource RI (the local Obamacare Exchange) include coverage for abortion-on-demand and, thus, under the Obamacare law, require that a separate abortion premium be charged to all enrollees in these plans.
This mandatory abortion fee will be charged to all enrollees in any of these plans, "without regard to the enrollee's age, sex, or family status" and whether they object to abortion or not. There is no conscience clause or opt-out provision.
According to Chafee spokeswoman Christine Hunsinger, "The plans the insurance companies chose to submit covered abortion." And while Rhode Island Right to Life believes there is much more to the story than Chafee is admitting, the only ones that can prove that they were pressured are the insurers themselves, but they are not yet talking.
In order to convince these three insurers to provide pro-life options on the Obamacare Exchange, and to explain why they went along with the mandatory abortion fee, it is imperative that a very large number of pro-lifers throughout Rhode Island sign this petition and circulate it through email and in their pro-life groups and churches.
Once we have received sufficient signatures, we will hand-deliver this petition to Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Health Care, and Neighborhood Health Plan.
For further information, please review this detailed fact sheet about the mandatory abortion fee in HealthSource RI and the government subsidies for insurance-plans that cover abortion-on-demand.
Please forward alert to all of your pro-life friends. You may also download this printable (pdf) petition and circulate it in your church.
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