stop taxpayer funded abortions.JPGI’ve been writing today (here and here) about the controversy surrounding the discovery that MD, NM, and PA had planned to use federal funds received for their Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plans via Obamacare for abortions until National Right to Life exposed them.
According to ABC News, a spokesperson for the PA Insurance Dept. said the abortion funding language in its PCIP “was just ‘a placeholder‘ and that ‘the bottom line is we will abide by all federal regulations….'”
Kristen Day, head of Democrats for Life, forwarded me her group’s statement, adding, “People may not like my response but here it is”…

Following the announcement that PA will receive $160 million to ensure that people with pre-existing conditions are able to get health insurance under the new health care law, NRLC accused President Obama of allowing public funds to be used for abortion. The Administration quickly responded to inquiries from Democrats for Life of America and pro-life Democratic Congressional leaders to make clear that this will not be the case….
“We appreciate the leadership of our pro-life Democrats in Congress who are able to work closely with the Administration to ensure that no public funds will be used for abortion. The intent of the Executive Order will be adhered to,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats For Life of America. “While Republicans continue to mischaracterize aspects of the health reform bill, we will work to ensure the law provides affordable and accessible health care for millions of Americans while upholding the longstanding ban on public funding of abortion.”

So DFL’s position is the administration was unaware of the loophole and quickly plugged it when discovered. I do know Kristen was on the phone with White House and DHHS reps Tuesday night.
Rep. Bart Stupak holds the same position, according to CNS News yesterday:

“This is the latest example of some right to life groups politicizing life issues in an effort to undermine health care reform,” Stupak said. “The President’s Executive Order makes clear that federal funds may not be used for abortion under the Affordable Care Act – including the (high-risk) insurance pools currently being implemented in PA and states across the country.

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Stupak noted that in accordance with President Obama’s Executive Order, DHHS has told states that federal funds provided under the new health care law may not be used to fund abortion. “HHS has reiterated this policy in response to the current accusations from the National Right to Life Committee,” Stupak said.
“While these recycled scare tactics may make for good headlines, we should not lose sight of the fact that tens of thousands of individuals across the nation who have been denied coverage by health insurance companies due to pre-existing conditions will for the first time have access to affordable health insurance. We need to take a whole life approach to health care which looks out for those who are out of the womb as well as those in the womb,” Stupak concluded.

obama planned parenthood pcip abortion.jpgWhen Obamacare was signed, both pro-life groups and pro-abort groups agreed Obama’s accompanying Executive Order supposedly clarifying that federal funds would not pay for abortion was worthless. Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards called the EO a “symbolic gesture.” Only pro-life Democrats maintained it held merit.
The same scenario holds true in this case. Both pro-lifers and pro-aborts agree PCIPs were not covered by Obama’s EO. Richards wrote in a statement today, “[W]e are deeply disappointed that the administration has voluntarily and unnecessarily decided to impose limits on private funds used to purchase health insurance coverage for abortion care in the new high-risk insurance pools.
Again, only pro-life Democrats think otherwise.

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