Members of Congress and their staffs will switch from the federal health system to the health law's new exchanges next year and the bishops are demanding that the current prohibitions on abortion funding continue.
Politico: Bishops: No Hill Funds For Abortion
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has asked the Obama administration to take precautions to make sure federal funds don't go to abortion coverage for lawmakers and congressional staffers (Haberkorn, 9/4).
CQ HealthBeat: Advocates Debate Whether Hill Staff Can Get Abortion Coverage In Exchanges
The battle between supporters and opponents of abortion re-emerged on Wednesday when the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops warned the Obama administration that it must make sure the benefits lawmakers and congressional staff will get through the new marketplaces do not include abortion coverage (Adams, 9/4).