Today, a coalition of pro-life groups are inviting everyone to take part in the #BeTransparent tweetfest. The purpose of the tweetfest is to highlight the lack of transparency about abortion coverage in the health-insurance plans available for purchase on the exchange. The Affordable Care Act specifically requires that each state must offer an insurance plan that limits abortion coverage to situations defined by the Hyde Amendment — rape, incest, and life of the mother. However, research by the Charlotte Lozier Institute has found that in numerous states information about abortion coverage is simply unavailable.
As I point out, both taxpayer funding for abortion and transparency are very good issues for pro-lifers to highlight. Polls consistently show that strong majorities of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion with taxpayer dollars. From a policy perspective — there are at least 15 peer-eviewed studies finding that public-funding restrictions lower abortion rates. Similarly, greater governmental transparency is something that enjoys support from conservatives, moderates, and liberals. As the political battle over Obamacare continues, effective pro-life opposition can certainly highlight some of the more unpopular aspects of the Affordable Care Act.
— Michael J. New is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Michigan–Dearborn and an asssociate scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute. Follow him on Twitter @Michael_J_New