Thursday, July 15, 2010

Surprise!!!

Despite what some tried to tell us about the Executive Order keeping funding for abortion out of nationalized health care, it does not. Pennsylvania is the first example of money from health care going to fund abortions.
Time to be outraged, if you aren't already.
From CNSNews:
(CNSNews.com) - If you want proof that President Obama's Executive Order on taxpayer-funded abortion was a sham, look no further than Pennsylvania, says House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio).

Boehner and other Republicans point to reports that the Health and Human Services Department is giving Pennsylvania $160 million to set up a new high-risk insurance pool that will cover any abortion that is legal in the state.

"The fact that the high-risk pool insurance program in Pennsylvania will use federal taxpayer dollars to fund abortions is unconscionable," Boehner said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Just last month at the White House, I asked President Obama to provide the American people with a progress report on the implementation of his Executive Order, which purports to ban taxpayer-funding of abortions. Unfortunately, the President provided no information, and the American people are still waiting for answers."

President Obama pledged that under his health care plan “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.”

In a May 13 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Boehner asked if her department has provided guidance to the states on how to implement the president’s Executive Order on abortion funding. Boehner also asked Sebelius if the new federal high-risk pools would exclude abortion coverage.

He says his questions remain unanswered.

"Millions of Americans care deeply about this aspect of the new law and its implementation, and no progress report is complete without detailed information about it,” Boehner wrote to Sebelius.

The conservative Family Research Council says the $160 million in taxpayer funds for Pennsylvania is the first known instance of direct federal funding of abortions through the new high-risk insurance pools.
**Jill Stanek is all over the issue.
**CatholicVoteAction.org also has more info.

If you really want to know the roots of the problem, it lies much deeper in our culture. Starting with the reasons why contraception is seen as a "good" thing.

1 comment:

standmickey said...

This is false. Here's what HHS, which has ultimate authority over the matter, is saying:

"As is the case with FEHB [Federal Employee Health Benefit] plans currently, and with the Affordable Care Act and the President’s related Executive Order more generally, in Pennsylvania and in all other states abortions will not be covered in the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) except in the cases of rape or incest, or where the life of the woman would be endangered. Our policy is the same for both state and federally-run PCIP programs. We will reiterate this policy in guidance to those running the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan at both the state and federal levels. The contracts to operate the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan include a requirement to follow all federal laws and guidance."

In other words, Pennsylvania has to follow the federal definition of "elective abortions," not their state definition.

I have to say I'm majorly disappointed in the pro-life movement for their dishonesty exhibited on this issue. As one who supports the goals of said movement, I can't see how this helps the cause of the unborn, but I can think of a number of ways in which it hurts. Ever heard the story of the boy who cried wolf?