Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Federal abortion funding begins

As my mom likes to say, "Let me put on my surprise face."
The Obama administration has officially approved the first instance of taxpayer funded abortions under the new national government-run health care program. This is the kind of abortion funding the pro-life movement warned about when Congress considered the bill.

The Obama Administration will give Pennsylvania $160 million to set up a new "high-risk" insurance program under a provision of the federal health care legislation enacted in March.

It has quietly approved a plan submitted by an appointee of pro-abortion Governor Edward Rendell under which the new program will cover any abortion that is legal in Pennsylvania.

The high-risk pool program is one of the new programs created by the sweeping health care legislation, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Obama signed into law on March 23. The law authorizes $5 billion in federal funds for the program, which will cover as many as 400,000 people when it is implemented nationwide.

"The Obama Administration will give Pennsylvania $160 million in federal tax funds, which we've discovered will pay for insurance plans that cover any legal abortion," said Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee.
Where's that executive order now, Obama?
This is an excellent demonstration of the principle that votes have consequences. If we had more pro-life politicians at any point in the chain-- the presidency, House, Senate, or Pennsylvania governorship-- abortion could have been excluded from the plan. Please, if you have not registered to vote, do it now. Lives are on the line.


Michelle Zhang said...

Leave it to my State. I am very saddened by this.

Nulono said...

Is a lawsuit possible? said...

Nulono, I don't know. I'm sure pro-life legal groups are looking into it, but since an executive order can be revoked at any time, Obama could just reverse himself and render the lawsuit moot. They're also working on passing laws at the state level to ban abortion funding under the health care law, which may be the better approach.