Health Care Bill Is Massive Abortion Funding Bill.
Ten Ways Abortion Funded/Covered by Reid Health Care
Hyde Amendment Will Not Cover/Prevent Abortion Funding
or Subsidies Through Health Care
Bill Does Not Contain Adequate Conscience Protections.
IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 8, 2010
Don Nelson, Nevada LIFE, 775-530-0029
The following statement can
be attributed to Nevada LIFE President Don Nelson:
Despite claims to the contrary,
President Barack Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority
Leader Harry Reid all know
that the Senate Health Care Bill under consideration is a massive
abortion funding and subsidization bill
that will radically change the long standing widely
accepted public policy of not using government funds for
abortion. They also
know that the Hyde Amendment will not apply to government
funding of abortion through health care. Hyde is a yearly
rider that prohibits abortion funding through Medicaid.
The Reid bill is not abortion neutral, will increase
abortion access at government expense and does not contain
adequate conscience protections.
Ten Ways The Reid Bill Funds Abortion:
1. It directly funds 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.
advocates are already discussing how these
centers can use these funds to pay for abortion and are
campaigning for these centers to perform abortions.
2. The Reid bill subsidizes health care plans which cover
abortion. These plans will cover tens of millions of
3. Massive pools of money are appropriated with no
National Right to Life says “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.
4. Bureaucrats are granted 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
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. Abortion will be defined as a preventative
service and private health care plans will be forced to
5. Plans in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program
will be allowed to cover abortion.
No federal plan is currently allowed to cover abortion.
6. There is no restriction on abortion in the Indian
7. Restrictions related to direct funding (not to be
confused with subsidies) of abortion are attached to the
status of the Hyde amendment. These restrictions on direct funding will remain in place as long as the
Hyde amendment, which bans funding of abortions through
Medicare, continues to be reauthorized every year. These
restrictions will disappear if the Hyde amendment is not
8. There’s an abortion mandate.
At least one subsidized health care plan in every area
will be required to cover abortion.
9. Enrollees in government subsidized insurance plans will
be required to pay an abortion surcharge
whether or not they agree with abortion. If an employer
CHOOSES that plan, employees must take it or leave it.
10. 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.
Obama, Pelosi and Reid’s insistence that the health care
bill 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.