Obama Administration Still Claims No Tax Funding of Abortions in Health Care Plan

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 24, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Obama Administration Still Claims No Tax Funded Abortions in Health Care Plan

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 24
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Wednesday was the sixth month anniversary of passage of the ObamaCare bill that puts in place a government-run health care system that will fund abortions. However, the Obama administration continues claiming the health care bill doesn’t allow abortion funding even though it had to be stopped in three states.

The White House web site posted a “Myths vs. Facts” page and Obama officials say it is a “myth” to say that the health care law will pay for abortions.

The factsheet doesn’t explain why it is a myth to make the assertion ObamaCare funds abortions, but it says, “The health insurance reform legislation maintains the status quo of no federal funding for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the woman is endangered.”

Tom McClusky of the Family Research Council, responded to the White House assertion: "This, to put it mildly, is a lie."

"Nothing in the ‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’ stops taxpayer funding of abortion, and the President’s Executive Order connected with the bill is toothless and likely to be successfully challenged in court by national pro-abortion groups," he explained.

McClusky said the Obama administration was working with three states to fund abortions in high risk health insurance pools until the plan was exposed.

"The only reason the Obama Administration stopped abortion funding in Pennsylvania, New Mexico and Maryland is very simple – they got caught by National Right to Life," he said.

NRLC exposed the abortion funding and the Obama administration responded at first by claiming the executive order Obama signed prohibits the funding NRLC uncovered.

Then, Obama officials revised the statement to say they promised the high risk insurance programs would not fund abortions in Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Maryland or any other states.

The Washington Examiner newspaper also issued an editorial confirming McClusky’s statement that the ObamaCare law allows abortion funding.

"As written, Obamacare covers elective abortions, contrary to Obama’s promise that it wouldn’t. This means that tax dollars will be used to pay for a procedure millions of Americans across the political spectrum view as immoral," it wrote. "Supposedly, the Department of Health and Human Services will bar abortion coverage with new regulations but these will likely be tied up for years in litigation, and in the end may not survive the court challenge."


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