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Hot off the Associated Press
On Wednesday, our friends at National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) blasted out the latest transcript from the White House on abortion in the health care bill. During the daily press briefing, CNS reporter Fred Lucas asked the question, "So far the health reform bills considered in the committee, including the new Senate Finance Committee [concept] have not met the President’s challenge of barring the use of federal dollars for abortion. Is that statement wrong?" Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, as he often does, retreated into the administration’s old line of "there’s a fairly well-documented law that prevents it."
The law he’s referring to is the Hyde Amendment, which, as the NRLC points out, only applies to the funding in HHS’s annual appropriations bill. Without specific language to ban taxpayer-funded abortion in health care reform, there’s no stopping it. But don’t take our word for it! Read today’s blurb from the Associated Press, the second AP article to refute the President on this issue. "The proposed legislation would permit government-sponsored health plans, open to non-Medicaid patients, to cover abortions… [T]axpayer funds [would] mingle with some insurance plans that, one way or another, pay for abortion."
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