Following President Trump’s announcement of two new rules which will provide “religious and moral conscience protections” for Americans, concerning tax dollars and abortions, Mississippi State Senator Roger Wicker, announced he supports the proposed rules, according to a press release.
Wicker says he did so to ensure that federal taxpayers do not fund abortions.
“The actions announced this week, by the Trump Administration, are great news for religious freedom and the fight for life,” Wicker said.
“American business owners with sincerely-held religious or moral objections will no longer face the unacceptable dilemma of having to choose between subverting their faith or incurring massive financial penalties for not complying with a federal mandate.”
Currently, Medicaid funds abortion in various states.
Medicaid is funded by the federal government and each state. The federal government pays states for a share of program expenditures, called the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP). Each state has its own FMAP based on per capita income and other criteria.
Wicker further said “I am also pleased that HHS has proposed eliminating the Obama-era directives that ignore the law requiring that insurance providers bill abortion services separately for federally supported health-care plans.”
“The department’s proposed rule would improve awareness of services included in American health insurance plans and make it clear no federal dollars can be used to support abortions."