View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Obama Errs In Abortion/Health Care Claim

President Obama continually argues that Health Care Reform does not include coverage of abortion.

The Family Research Council begs to differ.

It notes:

It's included in one of the House bills. The Capps amendment explicitly allows abortion coverage in the public health plan and subsidizes health plans that cover abortion. (Passed 30-28 in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, July 30)

Senate Democrats admit it. "[The health care bill] would include, uh, it would include, uh, Planned, uh, Parenthood clinics." (Sen. Barbara Mikulski, July 9, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions-HELP-Committee meeting-Planned Parenthood is the No. 1 U.S. abortion chain.)

Senate Democrats refused to ban it. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah): "Madam Chairman, would you be willing to put some language in [about] not including abortion services? Then I think you would have more support."Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.): "...No, I would not, uh, be willing to do that at this time." (July 9, Senate HELP Committee meeting)

The mainstream media confirms it. ("Government insurance would allow coverage for abortion," Associated Press, August 5, 2009).

The Obama administration includes it in its definition of reproductive health care. "Reproductive health care includes access to abortion." (Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, April 23, House Foreign Affairs Committee)

Every amendment to exclude it from health care legislation was defeated by the liberal sponsors. The following pro-life amendments would have prevented abortion funding or prohibited abortion mandates for covered services:

-Rep. Sam Johnson Amendment in the Ways and Means Committee (July 16)
-Rep. Eric Cantor Amendment in the Ways and Means Committee (July 16)
-Rep. Mark Souder Amendment in the Education and Labor Committee (July 17)
-Rep. Joe Pitts Amendment in the Energy and Commerce Committee (July 30)
-Reps. Bart Stupak and Pitts Amendment in Energy and Commerce Committee (July 31)
-Sen. Orrin Hatch Amendment #227 in the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (July 13)
-Sen. Mike Enzi Amendment #277 in the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (July 13)

Any intelligent person who is aware how government and the pro-abortion activists work - and who is not blinded by faith in Obama or a desire to get health care reform at any cost - can see that unless it is specifically prohibited, the current health care proposals will permit government money to pay for abortions.

Now perhaps President Obama is misinformed.

Maybe he hasn't read or doesn't understand the health proposals.

Maybe he assumes it won't cover abortion and didn't investigate.

Maybe the issue is above his pay grade.

I hope that it is not a case that he is consciously lying.


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