The pro-abortion lobby loves to call pro-lifers who support abortion regulations extremists; however, we’re not the ones filibustering late-term abortion bans and bipartisan legislation to stop human trafficking, or throwing fits about the non-controversial Hyde amendment.
Unbelievably, now Senate Democrats are trying to stop a bipartisan deal on Medicare between Rep. Nancy Pelosi and House Speaker John Boehner.
Roll Call reports that Pelosi and Boehner are working on a piece of legislation that would benefit the poor by ditching the yearly fixes to the payment formula for Medicare doctors. The deal would do this by blocking a 21% cut in doctors’ Medicare fees and change how doctors are reimbursed for Medicare patients in the future. It would also provide money for a health program for low-income children.
However, Minority Leader Harry Reid expressed concern that the tentative House agreement would write restrictions on abortions at community health centers into law. Of course Planned Parenthood jumped at the opportunity to support abortion and said on Twitter, “Senator Reid is standing up for women against #HydeandSneak attacks. Ask Sen. McConnell, SpeakerBoehner, and NancyPelosi to do the same!”
The post is truly laughable considering Pelosi’s infamous love affair with abortion. If you don’t remember, she’s the representative who called late-abortion “sacred ground” in 2013 after a reporter asked her about the difference between gruesome abortions and infanticides done by Kermit Gosnell.
— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) March 20, 2015
According to TownHall, after the controversy arose Pelosi wrote a letter to her Democratic colleagues assuring them that the abortion language is nothing new, and it’s not an expansion of Hyde since the provision expires. Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s spokesman, said that the proposed language “represents no change in current policy for health centers, and would have no operational impact at the health center level.”
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He added, “In contrast to the effort by Republicans on the Senate trafficking bill, this is not a codification of Hyde because the language expires when the funds do.”
An emerging bipartisan House deal changing how Medicare reimburses doctors ran into turbulence in the Senate Thursday over abortion, spotlighting a rare public disagreement between Congress’ two top Democrats.
Some Democratic senators — including Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. — expressed concern that the tentative House agreement would write restrictions on abortions at community health centers into law. The centers provide medical care for millions of low-income Americans in every state.
Aides to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the Medicare agreement’s health center abortion language would expire after two years and represents no change from existing restrictions.
The dispute comes as the Senate remains entangled in a separate abortion battle between the two parties that has stymied work on a popular bill aimed at helping victims of human trafficking.
There have been abortion curbs at community health centers for years. Senate Democrats say those limitations have been imposed by an Obama administration executive order that applied broad legal curbs on abortions to the health centers, and there is no need for a law that specifically targets those centers.