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March 8, 2010

The Reid Health Care Bill Is A Massive Abortion Funding Bill.

Ten Ways The Reid Bill Funds Abortion.

The President, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are still claiming that no public funds will be used for abortion through health care reform and that the Reid Senate Bill under consideration maintains the status quo of not funding abortion with government funds.  Nothing could be further from the truth. The health care bill under consideration is a massive abortion funding and subsidization bill. Here are ten ways the Reid Health Care Bill funds abortion.

  The Reid Health Care Bill Is A Massive Abortion Funding Bill. Ten Ways The Reid Bill Funds Abortion.

Last week Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the law of the land is there is no public funding of abortion and there is no public funding of abortion in these bills Pelosi has also said "I will not have it turned into a debate on (abortion) . . . There is no change in the access to abortion. No more or no less: It is abortion neutral in terms of access or diminution of access. Reid and Obama have made similar claims in the last year. Obama, Reid and Pelosi know this is false.

First, there is no law that would prevent funding of abortion through health care. When Pelosi, Obama, Reid and others talk about some sort of abortion funding ban, they are talking about the Hyde Amendment. They all know that Hyde only prevents public funding of abortion through Medicaid but will have NO impact, thats right, no impact on stopping any funds appropriated directly through the health care bill itself.

Second, Hyde is not a permanent law. It is a yearly amendment or rider that has been attached every year for the last thirty three years to Health and Human Services bill. It can be removed if not approved by both Houses of Congress and the President. Reid, Obama and Pelosi know all these things.

The truth is that the Senate bill, written by Nevada Senator Harry Reid and passed by the Senate, is the most massive piece of abortion legislation since Roe v. Wade was handed down. It represents a dramatic departure from the long standing, widely accepted policy of not covering abortion with government funds.

How does the bill cover fund abortion? Let us count the ways.

1. It will directly fund community health care centers, of which Planned Parenthood would be a beneficiary. $11 billion has been set aside for community health care centers with no restrictions to prevent abortion coverage. Abortion advocates are already discussing how these centers can pay for abortion.

2. The Reid bill will subsidize health care plans which provide abortion for tens of millions of people. Reid has tried to fool the public by saying that health insurers are not required to pay for abortion. They may not be required to do so, but they are NOT prohibited from doing so.

3. The Reid bill contains an abortion mandate. At least one subsidized health care plan in every area will be required to cover abortion.

4. Enrollees in these government subsidized insurance plans will be required to pay an abortion surcharge whether or not they agree with abortion. To the argument that people do not have to choose an abortion covering plan, if the employer CHOOSES that plan, youll take it or not have health care.

5. The Reid bill will give bureaucrats authority to force health care plans to cover abortion. It does not mandate that they do so, but it gives them the authority. Its hard to see how a president like Barack Obama, who opposed protections for children born during an abortion (fourth trimester abortions) and promised Planned Parenthood that abortion would be part of health care, would not appoint someone to mandate abortion coverage. The Mikulski amendment to the Reid bill would require insurers to cover any preventative service. Look for abortion to be defined as a preventative service and private health care plans to be forced to cover abortions.

6. The Reid bill allows states to opt out of abortion covering plans, but even where that may happen, residents of those states will still be required to pay for abortions in other states.

7. There are other massive pools of money with no abortion restrictions. National Right to Life says that The Senate bill contains additional pools of directly appropriated funds that are not covered by any limitations regarding abortion, including $5 billion for a temporary high-risk health insurance pool program (Sec. 1101 on pages 45-52) and $6 billion in grants for health co-ops (Sec. 1322, pp. 169-180).

8. The Senate bill would allow plans in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program to cover abortion. This too would be a dramatic departure from long standing widely supported policy of not funding abortion with government funds.

9. There is no restriction on abortion in the Indian Health program.

10. Language in the Reid bill which would restrict direct funding (not to be confused with subsidies) of abortion would be attached to the status of the Hyde amendment. That is, if the Hyde amendment continues to be reauthorized every year, those restrictions will remain in place. If the Hyde bill banning funding of abortions through Medicare were to go down in flames, those restrictions of direct funding of abortion through health care will vanish.

Pro-lifers should also note that the bill does not contain adequate conscience protections.

Make no mistake, the Senate bill that the House is now considering will fund and subsidize abortion. Harry Reid alone wrote the Senate bill, is responsible for the abortion language and knows better than anyone that it funds abortion. Reid, Obama and Pelosi all know this despite their protestations to the contrary. They could easily ensure that the long establish widely accepted policy of the government not funding or subsidizing abortion be maintained by inserting the Stupak amendment which says, no funds authorized or appropriated by this Act (or an amendment made by this Act) may be used to pay for any abortion or to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion except for rape, incest, the life of the mother or physical injury or physical disorder.

Obama, Pelosi and Reid's insistence that this is not about abortion, is not an abortion bill, that the status quo on abortion will not change and that there will be no funding of abortion shows a callous disregard for the truth and open contempt for the public.

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