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Obama’s Democrats Lie—Abortion Not Part of Health Care Reform

Because of recent high pressure from the public, the democrats are now saying the Health Care Reform Bill, HR 3200, does not cover abortions; however they have rejected every amendment to ban abortions from the Bill.

“A similar amendment offered by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to the Senate health care legislation banning federally funded abortions was rejected last week.”

The Obama administration includes it in its definition of reproductive health care. “Reproductive health care includes access to abortion.” (Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, July 19)

Senior Senator, Barbara Mikulski, on July 9, at a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions-HELP-Committee meeting, stated the bill would include abortion coverage.

“Government insurance would allow coverage for abortion” (Associated Press, August 5, 2009)

CNS News

Obama Health Care Plan Will Provide Taxpayer-Funded Abortion on Demand Congressmen Say
Wednesday July 15, 2009
By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer


Pro-life House members from left Reps. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.)Bill Cassidy (R-La.)Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.)Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.)John Fleming (R-La.)Joe Pitts (R-Pa.)Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio)Tom Price (R-Ga.) and Mary Fallin (R-Okla.) (not seen) held a press conference on Tuesday in support of amending Obama’s health care plan to forbid the use of federal funds for abortions.

Democrats in both the House and the Senate want abortion be included as a health benefit in both government and private insurance plans leading to millions more abortions, a Republican lawmaker warned.

Taxpayer money would be used to pay for abortions in the government-run health care option.

But congressional Republicans strongly opposed to an abortion requirement in health care reform, are pushing for a ban on using taxpayer money to pay for such procedures.

On Tuesday, pro-life members of Congress said the plan’s approach to abortion is essentially the same as the Freedom of Choice Act, which would strip states’ right to limit abortion, establish abortion on demand across the country and allow federal funds to pay for the procedure.

“It’s really trying to pass the Freedom of Choice Act through this legislation and wipe out all state law — state law that abides by the Constitution abides by everything that was said by the Supreme Court under Roe v. Wade” Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) said Tuesday at a Capitol Hill press conference.

“Despite the fact that large majorities of Americans don’t want to fund abortion, the Obama-Kennedy-Dingle bill will nevertheless force every taxpayer and every premium payer in the United States to pay for and facilitate every abortion in the country” Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said…

Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said Obama’s health care plan would result in millions more abortions.

Gingrey and Smith joined other pro-life members of Congress in support of Rep. Joe Pitts’ (R-Pa.) sponsorship of an amendment to the House version of Obama’s health care plan, which is slated for mark-up this week.

A similar amendment offered by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to the Senate health care legislation banning federally funded abortions was rejected last week.

Pitts, chairman of the House Values Action Team, said history shows that if legislation doesn’t include language to specifically exclude abortion, federal funds will be used, as was the case before Rep. Henry Hyde proposed the Hyde amendment to prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions through Medicaid.

“This legislation will mandate and subsidize abortion and then tax Americans who stand for one of the very principles that this nation was founded on – the right to life” Pitts said.

Representatives at the conference said language specifically prohibiting the use of federal funds for abortion is also vital because of an “advisory committee” that will be responsible for determining what basic services will be included in the plan after it becomes law.

“The legislation vests new, huge, sweeping powers in an Obama-appointed committee tasked with establishing what is called essential health benefits that all plans must include” Smith said. “Of course all that comes after the enactment and the signing into law the legislation.”

Smith added that abortion will be included in those benefits.

“What we want to stress here is this benefits committee – which is unelected and there will be minimal oversight – when they put together their minimum benefits of which abortion absolutely will be included on demand” he said…

Rep. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.) called on President Obama to clarify his position on abortion being funded by federal dollars in his health care plan.
At the press conference, Rep. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.) called on President Obama to address the abortion aspect of his health care plan.

“If the president is serious about passing true health care reform, he needs to step up today and clarify his position” Fallin said. “In fact, I’m calling on the president today to clarify his position about whether he wants abortion to be included in his health care reform.

“The majority of Americans think that life is sacred and it begins at conception, and if this plan is not fixed to make it very clear that it will not fund abortion, I will not support his legislation” Fallin said.

When asked by about the success of Pitt’s amendment, Pitt said aside from the pro-life Republicans who support it, some pro-life Democrats are speaking out against abortion being covered in the health care plan.

Representatives at the press conference said not only will the plan without Pitt’s amendment increase the number of abortions, but will likely also increase the number of abortion providers given language in the bill that calls for access to health care, which they said includes abortions as the bill now stands…

(1 John 5:10-13—the Bible)

August 8, 2009 Posted by | Abortion, Health Care Reform, Hillary Clinton, Obama, Planned Parenthood | , | 1 Comment