House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Defends Abortion Industry Bailout in Stimulus Bill

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 26, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Defends Abortion Industry Bailout in Stimulus Bill

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 26
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the leading Democrat in the House, is defending a decision to include a bailout of the abortion industry in the Congressional stimulus bill. The legislation now contains a provision that would send more government funds to the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

As is reporting today, the Democrats’ stimulus plan now includes a measure to send more public funds to the Planned Parenthood abortion business to fund contraception and birth control.

Specifically, a provision in the legislation clears the way for expanded federal funding of contraceptives through Medicaid for those who aren’t even poor.

In an interview with George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning on ABC’s "This Week," Pelosi boldly defended a move to add funding for the abortion business in the economic package.

"Hundreds of millions of dollars to expand family planning services. How is that stimulus?" the ABC News host asked.

"Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children’s health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs," the top Democrat responded.

"One of those – one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government," Pelosi added.

"So no apologies for that?" Stephanopoulos continued.

"No apologies. No. we have to deal with the consequences of the downturn in our economy," Pelosi added.

Nikolas Nikas, a pro-life attorney with the Bioethics Defense Fund condemned the decision.

He told that he decried "efforts to pass legislation that would appropriate hundreds of millions of tax-dollars to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider."

Nikas called the move the "Abortion Industry Bail-out Plan" and said it went in conjunction with President Obama’s decision to rescind the Mexico City Policy and future attempts to overturn the Hyde Amendment and other protections on direct funding of abortions.

Nikas said Congress is wrong to send money to a group that does 25 percent of all abortions occurring annually in the U.S.

"Planned Parenthood is the number one provider of abortions in the United States. During its 2005-2006 fiscal year, the nonprofit Planned Parenthood Federation of America performed a record 264,943 abortions according to its annual report," he said.

"Planned Parenthood is a non-profit organization that has no need for our limited tax dollars for the purpose of killing innocent unborn children," he added.

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