Cell Research & Cloning
Health Care Reform
Mandates, Funds, Increases Abortions
Will Lead To “Aborted Baby Boom,” Preempt State
Limitations and Protections.
IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 21, 2009
Don Nelson, Nevada LIFE, 775-530-0029
The following statement can
be attributed to Nevada LIFE President Don Nelson:
HR 3200, “America’s Affordable Health Care Choice Act”
will not only fund abortion, it will mandate coverage of
abortion on demand in virtually all of America’s health
care plans and lead to a literal “aborted baby boom” with
a staggering increase in the number of abortions.
3200 may not use the word abortion, but unless Congress
explicitly excludes abortion from being defined as an
“essential benefit,” the broadly worded mandatory
categories of coverage will be interpreted by the courts
to include abortion, as they have been in the past.
President Obama and abortion advocacy groups believe
basic health care includes abortion. In July 2007, Obama
told Planned Parenthood that “reproductive care is
essential care, basic care, so it is at the center, the
heart of the plan I propose.” Private insurers
“are going to have to abide by the same rules in terms of
providing comprehensive care, including reproductive care…
that’s going to be vital.” Both the Obama campaign
and administration have stated that “reproductive care”
HR 3200 will create an
abortion clinic mandate. It will require plans that
use a provider network to ensure the “adequacy of such
network” so enrollees have access to the services
covered. Once abortion becomes a federally mandated
“essential benefit,” networks will need to take steps,
including establishing new abortion sites in the service
area, to meet the standards required by the “Health
Choices Commissioner.” It will pour more taxpayer dollars
into Planned Parenthood coffers.
Unless HR 3200 excludes
abortion, an “aborted baby boom” will follow. The US
taxpayer paid for 300,000 abortions every year from
1973-1976, before the Hyde Amendment explicitly prevented
abortion coverage. Estimates from NARAL Pro-Choice
America and Planned Parenthood suggest that 20-50 percent
of women who would have aborted, carried their child to
term because of the Hyde Amendments prohibition on
taxpayer funding of abortion.
If HR 3200 passes there will be 350,000-675,000 or more
taxpayer funded abortions a year. There will likely be
200,000-500,000 more abortions. This would reverse the
dramatic decrease in both the rate and number of abortions
that have occurred since the Hyde Amendment prohibited
federal funding of abortion.
HR 3200 also makes clear that
federal standards in the bill or written by the “Health
Choices Commissioner” will preempt state laws.
The pre-emption provision could nullify state limitations
on abortion such as parental involvement laws, waiting
periods and other laws that could be regarded as impeding
access to a federally guaranteed “essential benefit.”
Congress needs to explicitly
exclude abortion from any health care reform bill to keep
from creating a new aborted baby boom. 69 percent of
Americans, including many Obama and pro-choice supporters
oppose taxpayer funding of abortion.