Providence, RI (March 6, 2014) - A hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 11, before the RI House Judiciary Committee on multiple abortion-related bills. Of the 11 bills scheduled for hearing, the Rhode Island State Right to Life Committee supports 5 and opposes 6. Please take a moment to respond to this Action Alert, which will send emails to your state representative regarding the bills we support and oppose.
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If you are able, please also consider joining us at the State House next Tuesday. Legislators very often consider the number of attendees at the hearing to be an indicator of prevailing public sentiment over these bills. A large pro-life turnout sends a clear message. Your presence is especially important this year as Planned Parenthood is working very hard to mobilize their supporters.
Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Time: Rise of the House (approximately 5 p.m.)
Location: Room 101 - R.I. State House
You may indicate your plan to attend and help promote the hearing through our Facebook Event Page.
Streetside parking is limited. Ample parking is available for a small fee at the Providence Place Mall. Free parking is available down the street at St. Patrick's.
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Thank you for making your pro-life voice heard! Please share this Action Alert with at least one other person.
On a related note, our Petition regarding mandatory abortion coverage in HealthSource RI is ongoing...
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.
The Obamacare law requires this mandatory abortion fee to 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.
Please note that recent news reports make it unclear whether the Obamacare exchange established and maintained by Governor Chafee will follow the "segregation of funds" provisions of the law. We must presume, however, unless and until proven otherwise, that the rule of law will be followed by the Chafee administration and by the insurers.
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.
Note: You may download, print, and distribute a hardcopy of the petition at this link.
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.
Finally, our financial need is ongoing. If you are able, please consider making a secure online contribution today.
Thank you for making your pro-life voice heard!