Rep. Chris Smith: Federal Funds Not Being Used for Abortion 'Biggest Lie in 2014'

By Craig Millward | September 22, 2014 | 3:15 PM EDT

Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) ( Starr)

( - At a news conference last week, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) called President Obama's promise that no taxpayer dollars would be used to fund abortions under Obamacare, "the biggest lie in 2014."

Smith, speaking on a new GAO report that indicated public funding of abortion, said, "The president issued an executive order on March 24, 2010 and it said: ‘the Act maintains current Hyde Amendment restrictions governing abortion policy and extends those restrictions to newly created health insurance exchanges. It turns out that those promises made both on the floor of the House and in the president's executive order are absolutely untrue."

He continued, "You recall that PolitiFact said that the biggest lie in 2013 was when the president said if you like your health care plan, you can keep it. The biggest lie in 2014 now discovered and backed by the investigation of the GAO is that abortion is being funded in well over 1,000 plans on the exchanges throughout the country."

Smith also said, "The American people don't like to be deceived. They don't like to be lied to."

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) also criticized the Obama administration.

"Part of President Obama's administration, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said under testimony, she asserted that the plans required by this law would describe the benefits. And so either the president is a liar or he's inept at running his bureaucracy."

She also said President Obama has "an opportunity to correct" federal funds being used for abortion.

"If we're to believe our president and that he said in 2009 he doesn't think and doesn't believe and doesn't want the Affordable Care Act to use taxpayer dollars to fund abortion, then he has an opportunity to call Harry Reid and to urge him to pass our bill the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act."

Smith and Hartzler were joined by other pro-life representatives including Reps. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), Diane Black (R-Tenn.), as well as other pro-life policymakers.

The GAO report released last week showed that across the country 1,036 taxpayer-subsidized health plans cover abortion on demand in 28 states that do not restrict abortion coverage in exchanges. 1,062 health plans do not.

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