Pro-Life Groups Blast Obama for Funding Abortions in His Health Care Plan
by Steven Ertelt
February 22, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Saying this was President Barack Obama’s last chance to make good on his promise that his health care plan would not fund abortions, pro-life groups are blasting his new health care proposal.
They say Obama has confirmed what many in the pro-life movement have all suspected all along: funding abortions is more important to him than health care reform.
"In a last gasp to save his top domestic priority, President Obama is taking a new approach to health care: bipartisanship. Yet his proposal released today missed the mark on the most significant area of bipartisan agreement: limiting public funds for abortion," Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser told LifeNews.com.
The pro-life women’s group leader says Obama continues to ignore polling data showing a strong, bipartisan majority of Americans don’t want abortion funding.
A recent Quinnipiac poll found 67% of Americans oppose the inclusion of taxpayer-funded abortion in health care reform legislation.
"Over seventy percent of Americans oppose funding abortion through health care reform legislation. And last fall, one quarter of the Presidents own party joined Republicans to support the consensus Stupak-Pitts Amendment to exclude abortion coverage in the House," Dannenfelser said.
"In the face of obvious bipartisan consensus against abortion funding, the President remains deaf to the voices of American taxpayers. President Obamas most precious domestic priority is on life support, but he still refuses to jettison abortion coverage. It appears that abortion ideology is more precious to this president than his top domestic priority," she continued.
Meanwhile, Republican House leader, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, also critized Obama’s pro-abortion plan.
"Republicans are also standing with the American people by calling for health care reform to protect human life and not use taxpayer money to fund abortion. The Republican bill would codify the Hyde Amendment and prohibit all authorized and appropriated federal funds from being used to pay for abortion, which the Presidents proposal would allow," he said in a statement.
"Pro-life Democrats in the House have already pledged to vote against this provision. Health care reform should be an opportunity to protect human life not end it and the American people agree," he added.
The American Center for Law and Justice, a pro-life legal group, also condemned the new Obama plan for not banning government-funded abortions.
"The Presidents plan does not appear to address the issue of abortion, thus leaving intact the existing Senate language, which does not adequately prevent federal funds from paying for abortion," the group said in a statement LifeNews.com obtained.
"We had hoped that the President would adopt the abortion language from the House bill, including the Stupak amendment, which does adequately prevent federal funds from paying for abortion," ACLJ added.
The current Senate bill contains massive abortion funding that could force taxpayers to fund hundreds of thousands of abortions and it has other pro-abortion problems.
But the new Obama health care proposal, unveiled today in advance of the White House health care summit, leaves intact that Senate language funding abortions.
It opens the door for Rep. Bart Stupak, whose amendment stopped abortion funding in the House version of the bill that will be tossed aside, to gather a group of 10-12 pro-life Democrats who voted for the House bill to oppose the Senate version.
The Obama plan also violates his pledge to Congress and the American people that his version of health care reform would not force taxpayers to fund abortions.
In a September nationally-televised speech to Congress, Obama sought to clear up projections from pro-life advocates that his health care plan would fund abortions.
"One more misunderstanding I want to clear up — under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions," Obama claimed.
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