North Carolina State Employees Association Bashed for Hiding Abortion Funding
by Steven Ertelt
August 14, 2009
Durham, NC (LifeNews.com) — Last night, more than 850 residents of this city in North Carolina participated in a health care forum sponsored by the State Employees Association of North Carolina. While residents listened to their congressman, David Price, the union distributed misleading information saying the health care bills don’t fund abortions.
The issue of whether or not taxpayer funds would be used to publicly fund abortion did not surface during the forum.
Yet, the State Employees Association of North Carolina’s literature merited mention.
There is no part of the House or Senate health care reform bills that mandate abortion coverage in the Exchange," the union claimed.
Barbara Holt, the president of North Carolina Right to Life tells LifeNews.com that is false. She says both the House and Senate versions of the government-run health care plan include abortion funding and that amendments to stop it were defeated.
Senator Kennedys health care bill and the House Democratic Leadership health care bill, H.R. 3200, would result in coverage of elective abortion in a new nationwide public option health insurance plan," she said.
The bills "would allow federal subsidies to go to other plans that also cover elective abortions."
"North Carolina Right to Life strongly urges North Carolinians to oppose any health care bill unless abortion is explicitly excluded, Holt said.
LifeNews.com has asked representatives of the State Employees Association of North Carolina for comment and has not received a response.
During the meeting, several Durham citizens, including Dorothy Yeung, the head of the local Triangle Right to Life group, attempted to ask Congressman Price about the false information contained in the handout.
They were prohibited from do so since so few questions were allowed and most of the meeting time was used by the panelists to show their support of the bill. Price left the stage 30 seconds after the final question.
ACTION: Contact the State Employees Association of North Carolina and ask the union to retract its misleading information saying the health care bills do not fund abortions. Contact SEANC at P.O. Drawer 27727 Raleigh, NC 27611, call 800-222-2758, fax 800-296-4999, or email the director at [email protected]
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