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10 Myths About Health Care Reform


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Taxpayers Will Fund Abortions
Both pro-life and pro-choice demonstrators showed up to make their voices known outside the Supreme Court during legal arguments over the Affordable Care Act in March 2012. © Brooks Kraft/Corbis
Both pro-life and pro-choice demonstrators showed up to make their voices known outside the Supreme Court during legal arguments over the Affordable Care Act in March 2012. © Brooks Kraft/Corbis

The right to an abortion is one of the most divisive issues in the U.S., so naturally, the role of pregnancy termination in our country's health care system is contentious as well.

Abortion coverage is elective under the Affordable Care Act; some states and health insurers may choose to cover abortions of all types, while others may choose to cover only those in cases that fall under the Hyde Amendment. (Those are the abortions performed in cases of rape, incest and in instances when a woman's life is in danger -- and most, but not all, offer this.) Some states may choose not to offer plans that cover abortions, elective or otherwise. No public funds -- that's your taxes -- though, are used to pay for elective abortions performed under private insurance plans. Funds are made available for those permitted under the Hyde Amendment, though.

A federal court has confirmed that taxpayers funding abortions is a myth, ruling in 2011, "The express language of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act does not provide for tax-payer funded abortion. That is a fact, and it is clear on its face" [source: Baker].


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