Democrats Attack Pro-Life Rep. Michele Bachmann on Abortion, Health Care

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 8, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Democrats Attack Pro-Life Rep. Michele Bachmann on Abortion, Health Care

by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 8
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — The Democratic Party last month launched an Internet campaign it terms "Call ‘Em Out" that is supposedly an effort to single out elected officials it claims are not leveling with the public. Its latest attack is on Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican who has noted the abortion problems in the health care bills.

Bachmann has pointed out how HR 3200, the main health care legislation in the House, could allow school-based clinics that could foster abortions without parental involvement.

The DNC claims Bachmann is "spreading fear and lies."

"Too many Americans live with the painful consequences of our broken health care system to let Bachmann’s reckless lies go unchecked," the Democrats said in an e-mail. "So this week, we’re calling her out."

Bachmann spokesman Dave Dziok wrote in an e-mail to the Minnesota Star-Tribune newspaper that the pro-life advocate is not worried about the attacks.

"Congresswoman Bachmann is used to the Democrats’ name-calling," he said. "It’s what they do when they can’t connect with the people on their policies. And all year long they’ve been promoting ideas that are flat-out rejected by the American people."

It also turns out there is truth to Bachmann’s concerns as HR 3200 contains a section allowing the nation’s biggest abortion business to enter public schools.

Title V of H.R. 3200, Subtitle B, called School-Based Health Clinics, outlines a new federal program where the government would fund health clinics near or in the nation’s public schools.

However, Section 399Z indicates that school officials won’t be responsible for administering the clinics. Instead, that responsibility falls to the clinic sponsor, which could be Planned Parenthood — the nation’s largest abortion business which does more than 350,000 a year.

The section says "the SBHC sponsoring facility assumes all responsibility for the SBHC administration, operations, and oversight." Under the bill, a "sponsoring facility" is "a hospital, a public health department, a community health center, a nonprofit health care agency, (or) a local educational agency."

Victor Medina, writing in an opinion column for the Dallas Republican Examiner, worried about the practical effect of the language.

"Such broad wording outlining the qualifications for government funds and access to schoolchildren could open the door for groups like Planned Parenthood to operate the clinics in schools with no oversight and full federal government support," he says.

"The clinics would be funded by federal grants awarded by the Obama administration, which has made it clear that they expect Planned Parenthood to play an active role in their proposed health care system," he says.

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