Planned Parenthood, NARAL Claim Obama Stopping Abortion $ in Health Care

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 15, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Planned Parenthood, NARAL Claim Obama Stopping Abortion $ in Health Care

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 15
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Responding to the backtracking the Obama administration engaged in on Wednesday and Thursday after a pro-life group uncovered how it planned to use the new health care law to engage in abortion funding, pro-abortion groups are up in arms.

They claim Obama officials are putting in place a new ban on abortion funding and making false claims that it prohibits women from using their own money to pay for abortions.

They are reacting to a statement from a Health and Human Services Department spokeswoman who first claimed the new high risk insurance pools couldn’t fund abortions but then said the Obama administration would make sure they did not after proven wrong about how the language of the law and Obama’s executive order doesn’t apply to them.

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards released a statement Thursday saying the abortion business is "deeply disappointed that the administration has voluntarily and unnecessarily decided to impose limits on private funds used to purchase health insurance coverage for abortion care in the new high-risk insurance pools."

Richards claims the women in the pools are the ones who are more likely going to need an abortion for certain medical situations, even though there are no medical instances in which an abortion is beneficial for women.

"It is truly harmful to these women that the administration may impose limits on how they use their own private dollars, limiting their health care options at a time when they need them most. This decision has no basis in the law and flies in the face of the intent of the high-risk pools that were meant to meet the medical needs of some of the most vulnerable women in this country," she claimed.

Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee, which uncovered the abortion funding planned under the health care law for Pennsylvania and New Mexico, responded to the charges.

"The Planned Parenthood statement speaks of restricting ‘private funds’ but there are no ‘private funds’ involved here," he told

Johnson said "this is entirely a federal government program, set up for people who have been unable to obtain private health insurance. If this federal program paid for abortion, that would be federal funding of abortion, because federal agencies cannot spend ‘private’ funds."

Nancy Keenan, the president of NARAL, emailed her supporters with an equally alarming-sounding complaint about the Obama administration.

"To our dismay, the Obama administration just announced it will exclude abortion coverage in the temporary health-insurance pools that will transition us into the new health-care system," she said. "I am outraged that such a decision would come from a pro-choice president that we helped elect."

Keenan, too, made it appear women with certain medical conditions need abortions for medical reasons.

She claimed that women who "are part of these pools because they have significant health problems, such as diabetes or cancer, will not be able to access abortion. Unless President Obama steps in, women with pre-existing conditions or other high-risk medical needs like diabetes will lose out on coverage for abortion care."

"We will keep the pressure on the White House until the administration changes course," Keenan promised.


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