This is no compromise. The abortion language is on page 38. It’s not Stupak. States can opt out of covering abortions. But abortion in states that don’t opt out will be covered by federal dollars (including by taxpayers who oppose abortion).
I’m reminded of the recent Manhattan Declaration this morning. It ends with:
Because we honor justice and the common good, we will not comply with any edict that purports to compel our institutions to participate in abortions, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide and euthanasia, or any other anti-life act; nor will we bend to any rule purporting to force us to bless immoral sexual partnerships, treat them as marriages or the equivalent, or refrain from proclaiming the truth, as we know it, about morality and immorality and marriage and the family. We will fully and ungrudgingly render to Caesar what is Caesar’s. But under no circumstances will we render to Caesar what is God’s.
This language raises some serious questions. I wonder if Bart Stupak has already been on the horn to the Speaker . . . the showdown may be the House yet.