In yet another attempt to circumvent established law to achieve its own goals, the Obama administration’s U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a rule yesterday which will force the taxpayer to pay for abortion coverage through health plans for Members of Congress and congressional staffs.
According to the National Right to Life Committee, for most of the past 30 years the Smith Amendment has prohibited OPM from any administrative involvement in purchasing any health plan for federal employees that covers abortion except in certain limited circumstances. Now OPM is allowing the government to purchase plans that cover abortions for Members of Congress and their staffs. No other federal employee is allowed to do this. With the new rule, the National Right to Life Committee states: “…it will violate an explicit congressional prohibition, the Smith Amendment.”
Upon reviewing the new rule, NRLC Senior Legislative Counsel Susan T. Muskett warned: “The Constitution does not grant the President the authority to retroactively rewrite the laws.” And so the most pro-abortion President and administration continues its quest to promote and fund abortions to the fullest extent possible, even when laws are violated to do so.