In yesterday’s Health Care Summit, pretty much everyone avoided the 800 pound gorilla in the room–ABORTION. Towards the end House Minority Leader John Boehner did bring up the issue of abortion which President Obama quickly dismissed as talking points and untrue. In her closing statements, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also took the opportunity to go after Boehner’s abortion statement claiming that the White House’s health care bill does not fund abortion.
If you’re like me, this back-and-forth fuss is frustrating to no end. I just want to point out that Speaker Pelosi was saying THE SAME THING throughout last Fall claiming that the House’s bill didn’t fund abortion. Then at the very last minute a bi-partisan majority of the House passed the Stupak Amendment that specifically prohibited it.
Wait a minute. Did you catch that?
She claimed it wasn’t in there before, but then there seemed to be plenty need to pass an amendment that prohibited it. What gives?
Now the Senate rejected the Stupak Amendment in its version and passed a bill that everyone agrees includes taxpayer funding of abortion. The White House then built its version of a bill on the Senate’s bill and conspicuously left out the language of the Stupak Amendment. But now Speaker Pelosi want us to believe her when she says that the bill does not fund abortion.
Is anyone else tracking with me here?
Tony Perkins, Family Research Council, had this to say:
The fact is, the President’s proposal to amend the Senate bill leaves several abortion provisions in place: in Section 1303 it allows tax credit subsides for plans that include abortion and leaves the abortion charge for these plans in place. It maintains the proposal to create a statewide plan that includes abortion in Sec. 1334. But it’s worse: it would actually increase the Senate bill funding from $7 billion to $11 billion for community health centers in Sec. 10503 without any abortion funding restrictions.
The President and Speaker Pelosi should be ashamed of their misleading statements. The legislation that President Obama is pushing provides federal subsidies for health plans that cover abortions, authorizes plans to cover elective abortions, and funds community health care centers to the tune of 11 billion taxpayer dollars without any abortion restrictions.