Obama, Congress go "abortion crazy," ignore polls

From FRC's The Cloakroom blog today:

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 12-11 today to add a provision to the Kennedy health care bill that would require abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood to be included in any health insurance network created by the bill....

Last night, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved 29-1 the State Department and foreign affairs legislation. The bill would provide $628.5 million for family planning programs, including $50 million for the UN Population Fund.

The committee adopted, 17-10, an amendment... that would make permanent Obama's decision earlier this year to revoke the Mexico City Policy prohibiting U.S. aid to overseas organizations that promote or perform abortions.

A press release from National Right to Life today:

The 2 central "health care reform" bills currently moving in Congress - the Kennedy bill and the House Democratic leadership bill - each contain provisions that would, if enacted, represent the greatest expansion of abortion since the Supreme Court handed down its Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion in 1973.

These bills contain multiple provisions that would result in federally mandated insurance coverage of abortion on demand, massive federal subsidies for abortion, mandated creation of many new abortion clinics, and nullification of at least some state limitations on abortion.

Think about this news in conjunction with Ruth Bader Gingsburg's statement in the New York Times Magazine that she understood the original intent of Roe to be "concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don't want to have too many of." When the Supreme Court later upheld the Hyde Amendment, banning taxpayer funding of most abortions, Ginsburg thought she had been wrong. I said no, she hadn't been wrong, the Obama health care plan would nuke the pesky Hyde Amendment.

Now think about this news in conjunction with repeated polls showing Americans are more and more pro-life. They most certainly oppose taxpayer funded abortions.

In fact, according to Time magazine, July 8...

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From the article...

Should government-subsidized health coverage pay for abortion procedures? For more than 3 decades, that question had seemed pretty much settled. The Hyde Amendment, passed by the House on Sept. 30, 1976, forbade Medicaid - a program for poor people, jointly administered by Washington and the states, which had, up till then, paid for about 300,000 abortions a year - from using any federal money to pay for the procedure. All but 17 states followed suit, banning use of their own funds as well; with a few modifications, the ban has stood up ever since.

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The prospect of sweeping health reform, however, has reopened the issue.... [L]ate last month, 19 antiabortion Democrats in the House sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi [left, click to read], warning that they "cannot support any health-care-reform proposal unless it explicitly excludes abortion from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health-insurance plan."...

Pelosi's office is negotiating with the lawmakers to find some way to accommodate their concerns, but thus far, they haven't found one....

If an explicit ban on abortion coverage were imposed... it could have much further-reaching implications than the Hyde Amendment ever did. It could, in fact, have the effect of denying abortion coverage to women who now receive it under their private insurance plans. Nearly 90% of insurers cover abortion procedures, according to a 2002 survey by the Guttmacher Institute....

Under the legislation... Americans earning up to 400% of the poverty level - $43,000 for an individual; $88,000 for a family of 4 - would be eligible for government subsidies to help them purchase coverage. But if the antiabortion legislators get their way, those subsidies would have a big string attached; they could not be used to purchase a policy that has abortion coverage. For many women, that would mean giving up a benefit they now have under their private insurance policies. And it would raise all sorts of other questions if insurers were allowed to discriminate among their customers based on whether or not they are using federal dollars to pay for their policies....

What a mess for the other side, forced to appease the abortion industry in its health care plan, perhaps to its death. But that ain't all. According to the Republican National Coalition for Life today:

[T]he Catholic Church has lobbied for years in pursuit of nationalized health care. At the same time the Catholic Bishops are vigorously opposed to public funding of abortions. Life Advocacy Briefing, 7/6/09 has reported that Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, chairman of the Committee for Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in addressing the issue of repealing the ban on public funding of abortions in the District of Columbia, " ...this action takes place as Congress is working to win broad support for a much-needed major reform of our healthcare system. This is the worst of all possible times to be injecting the divisive issue of public abortion funding into the debate on government health policy."

Pro-lifers can aid and abet the mess by making sure to call their congresspersons "to demand that abortion funding be specifically excluded from any health care measure enacted by Congress" as aptly stated by RNC for Life. Those like me who oppose nationalized health care altogether can rest assured that enacting a ban against abortion funding will sink their plan.

Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121.


This stinks.

Posted by: Janet at July 10, 2009 1:31 PM

Why don't the liberals just call "family planning" what it is?


Posted by: Janet at July 10, 2009 1:38 PM

So FOCA is piece by piece?

Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at July 10, 2009 1:41 PM

Exactly, Carla.

It's disgusting.

Posted by: Lauren at July 10, 2009 1:46 PM

Posted by: carla at July 10, 2009 1:41 PM

Precisely the question I asked my US Congressional Representative.

He refused to answer me, though I pressed him 3 times on it.

As the evidence mounts, guess who I'll be meeting?

Posted by: Chris Arsenault Author Profile Page at July 10, 2009 1:49 PM

Excuse me. I have to scream now.

Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at July 10, 2009 1:56 PM

I thought they wanted to get on common ground, a huge lie of course. Common ground they are seeking is teaching comprehensive sex education to our children which has information on oral contraceptives, condom use, as ways to avoid pregnancy and abortion, while cut all funding for abstinence until marriage programs.

Socialized Healthcare will always include funding abortion because the leaders believe abortion is Heathcare for women. As a Catholic I hope the Catholic Church stops pressing for Universal Heathcare.

Posted by: RooForLife at July 10, 2009 2:00 PM

If you need to call your representatives, please, please, please make a good case. Explain that the funding is better off in prenatal care, early childhood healthcare, education, and other things.

And, please people, when contacting your representatives please let them know that this funding of abortion is unacceptable when people need this money. According to the press release that I got from the Save Darfur Coalition, 1.1 billion dollars worth of funding is being taken away from the people suffering from the genocide.

Let your representatives know that that's not right at all!


Posted by: Vannah at July 10, 2009 2:39 PM

Thanks for the post, Vannah. I agree with you 100 percent.

Posted by: Phillymiss at July 10, 2009 2:54 PM

How about covering prenatal health care for poor women so they aren't FORCED to abort because of circumstances? It would at least help pay for some care they need before the baby is born.

And Carla is right: sounds like FOCA, piece by piece.

Posted by: LizFromNebraska at July 10, 2009 3:00 PM

So what you're saying is that there are members of Congress who care MORE about abortion than they do about poor families suffering and dying from a lack of health care?

Absolutely disgusting!

Posted by: Pro-life atheist at July 10, 2009 3:23 PM

"How about covering prenatal health care for poor women so they aren't FORCED to abort because of circumstances?"

Sounds like a plan to me. I nominate Liz as the next Senator from the great State of Nebraska.

Posted by: Janet at July 10, 2009 3:48 PM

It's sad, Pro-Life Atheist; I agree with you.

Posted by: Vannah at July 10, 2009 3:53 PM

I think there are probably way more qualified people out there that feel the same way I do. I just hope Nebraska can kick its DEMOCRATIC senator Ben Nelson out. He supported Obama and still claims/claimed to be Pro Life.

Posted by: LizFromNebraska at July 10, 2009 6:06 PM

People, calling and faxing and emailing will only get you so far.

Get off the couch, drive, walk, nay, RUN to your senator/congressman's office, sign yourself in, and insist that nationalized healthcare spells disaster on every level.

Case in point: my fellow Tea Partyers and I have visited our legislators' offices several times over the past two weeks. We have even outnumbered ACORN and MoveOn.org in their attempts to "demonstrate". When it was clear that one of our senators had no intention of voting against the public option, my fellow patriot handed his staffer a pink slip. Not kidding.

Like Vannah said, just don't whine and moan. Offer solutions. Conservatives for Patient's Rights is an excellent place to start.

Posted by: carder at July 10, 2009 8:22 PM

"When it was clear that one of our senators had no intention of voting against the public option, my fellow patriot handed his staffer a pink slip. Not kidding."

Gotta love it. Great post.

Posted by: Janet at July 11, 2009 11:24 AM

There's a printable "pink slip" at "KickThemAllOut(dot)com directed specifically to members of Congress:

Termination of Employment.
We the People hereby serve notice that
your services or lack thereof
are no longer desired or required!
Final notice shall be recorded on election day, November 2010
at which time you will be overwhelmingly voted out of office.

Posted by: Janet at July 11, 2009 11:37 AM