It’s an issue lawmakers may not want to have to explain at town hall meetings back home:
An attempt to fix a problem with the new health care law has created a situation in which members of Congress and their staffers could gain access to abortion coverage, something that currently is denied to federal employees who get health insurance through the government’s plan.
“Under this scheme (the government) will be paying the administrative costs,” said Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., author of an abortion funding ban for federal employee plans. “It’s a radical deviation and departure from current federal law, and it’s not for all federal employees, but for a subset: Congress. Us.” Smith is calling on the personnel office to specify that lawmakers and staffers must choose a plan that does not cover abortions.