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Bishops blast Obama on abortion funding report

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is blasting President Obama after a new federal investigation found that women are using ObamaCare subsidies to pay for abortions.

The group said the finding comes "despite repeated claims by [Obama] and other supporters that the Affordable Care Act would not promote abortion."

"The only adequate solution to this problem … [is to exclude] elective abortions from health plans subsidized with federal funds," said Cardinal Sean O'Malley, chairman on the Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

"At a minimum, Congress should not delay in enacting a law to require full disclosure of abortion coverage and abortion premiums to Americans purchasing health plans," O'Malley added.

The statement underscores conservatives' fury over the findings of the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which said Tuesday in a report that insurers around the country are failing to segregate funds when women seek to use insurance coverage purchased through the federal exchanges for abortions.

In a sample of 18 insurers nationwide, all but one has allowed women to pay for abortions through their healthcare plans, even if they are receiving federal subsidies, the GAO found.

The revelation is likely to fuel Republicans' abortion attacks in the midterm elections and add another fight against the Obama administration to the GOP's agenda if it claims the Senate in November.

—Sarah Ferris contributed.