Thought Abortion Wouldn’t be Funded Under the New Health Care Legislation? So far, it will.

Posted on October 23, 2009

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Back in August, President Obama called it untrue that abortions would be covered in his new health care legislation.  From

In a conference call with faith leaders yesterday, President Obama said it was a “fabrication” and “untrue” that his health care legislation involved “government funding of abortions.” In a call during which the president used multiple Biblical references to criticize opponents of his healthcare plan, the president said, “You’ve heard that this is all going to mean government funding of abortion. Not true. These are all fabrications that have been put out there in order to discourage people from meeting what I consider to be a core ethical and moral obligation – and that is that we look out for one another, that I am my brother’s keeper and I am my sister’s keeper.”

Under the present Medicaid system, the Hyde Amendment prohibits federal funding of abortions except in the cases of rape, incest and if the life of the mother is at risk.  Therefore, when low-income women want to have an abortion, they must pay for it out of their own pockets.

Whether President Obama was disingenuous or ignorant when he said abortions wouldn’t be covered in the new health care legislation, he was wrong.   If passed, the new health care legislation, in its present form, would create a new pool of funds from taxpayer dollars which would be exempt,  effectively sidestepping the Hyde Amendment .  These funds could be used for “affordability credits” (subsidies) to help provide low-income women with abortion services. 

From the Los Angeles Times:

But the Democrats’ health overhaul bill would create a new stream of federal funding not covered by the restrictions.

Stupak says language specifying that someone obtaining an abortion must use her own money, not federal money from the subsidies, doesn’t go far enough because it’s impossible to clearly segregate funds in that way.

“Once you get the affordability credits (subsidies) in there, that’s public funding of abortion. We’re not going there,” Stupak said. “How do you get past the affordability credits is really the issue. And we can’t.”

Pro-life Representative Bart Stupak (D-MI) said he’d do what he could to block the bill if it stays like it is.  

In the interim, Rep. Stupak wanted to introduce an amendment to the bill to strip the abortion funding.  But, it looks like such an amendment won’t see the light of day., quotes the AP today, stating that since such an amendment would likely pass with both Republican and some Democrat support, the amendment will not be offered up for a vote.

It looks as if there will be a showdown between the pro-life Democrats and those who support abortion.  It is just another division in the Democrat party which is already seeing loss of support from the blue dog Democrats due to the massive overall cost of the proposed legislation.