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Dear Brother Knight,

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report showing that American taxpayers are subsidizing abortion coverage in more than 1,000 government-sponsored health care plans.

The GAO is a non-partisan government watchdog office responsible for examining the impact of federal laws and the use of taxpayer money. In creating this report, the GAO also discovered that insurance companies providing coverage through plans established by Obamacare are not billing the abortion coverage separately, as required.

The GAO report also confirmed that the information about abortion coverage in these insurance plans is not uniformly available to consumers. This has led many pro-life Americans and their families to inadvertently choose coverage with which they have a profound moral disagreement. Not only is this bad policy, but it is in direct opposition to the views of the majority of the American people. This year, our K of C-Marist poll found that by a 58 to 37 percent margin, Americans oppose the use of tax dollars to fund abortions.

An important piece of legislation, H.R. 7 the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, would address these issues by expanding the pro-life “Hyde Amendment” to permanently ban all public funding of abortion while also requiring every insurance plan established under Obamacare to clearly indicate whether or not it covers abortion. While the U.S. House of Representatives has acted on this legislation, it is currently stalled in the U.S. Senate.

We encourage you to contact your Senators today and tell them to act now on H.R. 7 to ensure that all Americans have access to healthcare that is transparent and does not offer morally objectionable services subsidized by taxpayers.  We also encourage you to read the Supreme Knight’s Op-ed on this issue here.

Additionally, the full report from the GAO is available online and is important reading for all Knights and their families.

Thank you for all you do to promote a Culture of Life.

Knights of Columbus

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