The Deadly Side of Spreading the Wealth
Three ways a President Obama will use your tax dollars to fund elective abortion on demand.


When Barack Obama admitted to Joe the Plumber that he planned on spreading the wealth around, he didn’t mention that the tax dollars he will take from you will be used to pay for elective abortions for others. The following is a brief outline of three ways that current pro-life protections against federal funding of elective abortions stand to be repealed and routed under an Obama presidency.

1. President Obama will spread the wealth to fund elective Medicaid abortions with your tax dollars.

Barack Obama advocates for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment which has limited federal funding of abortion under Medicaid in varying degrees since 1977. Under an Obama administration, the Hyde Amendment is at risk of failing for the first time, thus allowing your tax dollars to fund elective abortions. In other words, your federal tax dollars will not only pay for Medicaid abortions for the reasons of life, rape or incest; rather, your tax dollars will be used to abort untold numbers of unborn children under Medicaid for any reason or no reason.

As a rider attached to the yearly appropriations bill for Medicaid, the Hyde Amendment is subject to debate in Congress each time that it comes up for renewal. An unstoppable governing trinity of a President Obama in league with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate President Harry Reid would make this scenario highly likely.

The non-renewal of the Hyde Amendment will be an important first step in Obama’s goal of enacting a national health-insurance program that would mandate coverage of abortion on demand. This would be another first in our nation’s history. Also subject to repeal are provisions that currently ban taxpayer funded abortion on U.S. military bases, abortions for Peace Corps volunteers, Indian Health Service clients, and federal prisoners.

2. More of your tax dollars will to go to fund Planned Parenthood, and the Crisis Pregnancy Centers in your neighborhood will be defunded.

A President Obama would further spread the wealth by reviving prior efforts to increase funding to Planned Parenthood and similar clinics by $100 million. Planned Parenthood is the number one provider of abortions in the United States. During its 2005-2006 fiscal year, the nonprofit Planned Parenthood Federation of America performed a record 264,943 abortions according to its annual report.

A President Obama could pay for this expanded Planned Parenthood funding program by cutting off current federal funding to crisis pregnancy centers that provide resources to help women choose life (as his campaign promised to do in a questionnaire by

3. Your tax dollars will fund organizations that perform or promote abortion overseas.

The Mexico City Policy is a United States government policy which requires all non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that receive federal funding to refrain from performing or promoting abortion in other countries. It was in place from 1984 until 1993 and again since 2001. Like the Clinton presidency, the Mexico City Policy will not be adopted by an Obama administration. Your federal tax dollars will then be accessible to NGOs who perform and promote abortion overseas.

Obama’s record in the Illinois senate and United States Senate reveal his commitment to spread your wealth in the pursuit of expanding elective abortion on demand. The lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent unborn children depend on the issue of choice — your choice of who will receive your vote this November 4, 2008.

– Dorinda C. Bordlee, vice president and senior counsel of Bioethics Defense Fund, offers this information in her individual capacity and for the purpose of public education. Bioethics Defense Fund, a public-interest law firm, does not endorse or oppose any candidate for public office.


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