The pending Supreme Court ruling regarding Roe v. Wade will not change the practice of Samaritan members
June 2, 2022
PEORIA, Ill. — Whether or not the Supreme Court reverses the 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, members of Samaritan Ministries International (Samaritan) will never be asked to support abortion through their sharing.
“Samaritan Ministries is not health insurance, so our member households are not forced to share in paying for abortions and other practices that violate their Biblical faith,” said Anthony Hopp, Samaritan chief purpose officer.
“For 27 years, Samaritan Ministries has enabled its hundreds of thousands of members to honor God through their health care, which also means Samaritan members do not dishonor God by paying for abortion or other unbiblical practices.”
If Roe is overturned, legislators in at least 22 states will regain authority to regulate abortion, according to the pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute. “Each of these states may begin enforcing one or more strong, but currently unenforced, abortion bans. … Further, eight additional states show promise for achieving stronger protections.”
But, in at least 16 states and the District of Columbia, “lawmakers have written explicit protection for abortion into their state codes, ensuring that unborn children have virtually no protection at any stage of pregnancy,” the Institute says. “These ‘abortion protection laws,’ many of which were enacted or broadened in the last four years, will remain in effect no matter what the Court decides in Dobbs.”
This means that, in some states, health insurance companies will be forced by law to cover abortions.
“While we fervently pray for a positive ruling in Dobbs, we are committed to remaining pro-life in our sharing,” Hopp said. “It’s one of the most important things that sets us apart from health insurance, which is subject to the whims of politicians who have an unbiblical agenda.”
Many Samaritan Ministries members are grateful that they are part of a strongly pro-life network in which members share each other’s health care needs.
Joan from Arkansas wrote:
“I love helping others with their needs, and I appreciate not having to help pay for a service I don’t agree with, such as abortion.”
Kimberley, who lives in Massachusetts, said:
“Samaritan has saved our family so much money over the years and has allowed us to be better stewards of what funds the Lord has entrusted us with. What is very important to us is knowing that the money we spend on health care sharing will never be used to fund any abortions. In our time of need, we felt reassured by the many members who were praying for us. Thank you, Samaritan and your members!”
Kevin and Laura from Colorado, wrote:
“Dear Samaritan Ministries, my husband and I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks of gratitude to you for the love and support we received following our miscarriage. We received a beautiful, framed Bible verse, card, and book from the ministry as well as a touching prayer card from one of the pastors associated with Samaritan. We were truly touched and blown away by this ministry that we are a part of. Thank you for acknowledging our unborn baby as a person. My husband and I both marveled at the fact that we would never receive this kind of care from an insurance company. We thank God for Samaritan. Thank you for showing Christ’s love to us!”
Michael and Rainah of Virginia wrote:
“Samaritan has been amazing to work with! We have been so blessed to share other members’ needs and have the most amazing maternity care we have ever experienced! We love that our money is ALWAYS going to support our Biblical values and never to abortion. We are only sorry we didn’t join Samaritan sooner!”
Samaritan Ministries currently has a membership of 286,026 individuals from 84,940 households.
Samaritan has no limited enrollment period. Government exchange-based health insurance requires signups to occur only during open enrollment periods unless one qualifies for a special enrollment period due to a “life event” such as losing coverage, getting married, moving, or having a baby.
Samaritan Ministries health care sharingoffers additional advantages:
- No network restrictions. When medical care is needed, Samaritan members choose the health care provider, hospital, and pharmacy that work best for them.
- The direct-sharing approach allows members to not only help fellow believers with their medical financial needs but to pray for and connect with them on a regular basis.
- Monthly shares are hundreds of dollars less per month than insurance.
Samaritan gives people of Biblical faith an effective, Bible-driven health care community in which approximately $30 million in medical needs is shared person to person every month. Over the past 27 years, Samaritan Ministries members have shared more than $3 billion in needs while also praying for and encouraging fellow members through personal notes, cards and letters.