Member of Congress Admits House Health Care Bill Includes Abortion Funding
by Steven Ertelt
August 12, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — While abortion advocacy groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL, with help from their friends in the mainstream media, have attempted to explain away how the government-run health care plans would pay for abortions, one of their own finally admitted that to be the case.
During a Monday town hall event, pro-abortion Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat, acknowledged that the Congressional bills include abortion funding.
"Abortion will be covered as a benefit by one or more of the healthcare plans available to Americans, and I think it should be," she said.
In a video provided to LifeNews.com by pro-life advocate David Schmidt, local pro-life advocate Ignacio Reyes asks Lofgren about the health care plan.
He says he wants to know if the plan would be "covering abortion, which we know that 90 percent of abortions are purely elective, not medically necessary. Why is this being covered when abortion is clearly not health care."
After applause from the audience for the question, Lofgren said the Congressional proposal was "a basic benefit plan developed by health professionals" and then added that she felt abortion should be covered under the legislation.
That the health care plans will lead to abortion funding has been one of primary reasons Americans are increasingly opposed to the bills.
The Associated Press had issued a news story claiming that abortion funding and insurance mandates would not be included, but released a story last week flip-flopping after LifeNews.com put pressure on the news agency in an expose’.
Last week, LifeNews.com exposed how CBS News is covering up the abortion funding tucked away in the government-run health care plan.
Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee says an amendment the House plan includes would pave the way for abortion funding.
"In reality, under the Capps Amendment, the federal government would run a nationwide insurance plan that would cover abortion on demand," he explained. "Abortionists would perform elective abortions on government-insured clients, send the bill to the government plan, and get checks from the government to pay for the abortions."
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