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‘Democrats for Life,’ Call Your Office

Under the health-care legislation passed by Congress in March, Pennsylvania will be receiving $160 million to establish its “high risk” insurance program. According to a June 28 release from the insurance commissioner there announcing that “The Obama Administration” had approved their plan: ”The state will receive $160 million to set up the program, which will provide coverage to as many as 5,600 people between now and 2014.…The plan’s benefit package will include preventive care, physician services, diagnostic testing, hospitalization, mental health services, prescription medications and much more, with subsidized premiums of $283 a month.”

“Much more” includes abortion, as the Keystone State’s insurance department explains here. But here, too, the obfuscation continues. The insurance department explains that “elective” abortions are not covered. But Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee (once again) pulls the obstructing veil away from the continuing story of Barack Obama’s life lies:

The section on abortion (see page 14) asserts that “elective abortions are not covered.”  However, that statement proves to be a red herring, because the operative language does not define “elective.”  Rather, the proposal specifies that the coverage “includes only abortions and contraceptives that satisfy the requirements of” several specific statutes, the most pertinent of which is 18 Pa. C.S. § 3204, which says that an abortion is legal in Pennsylvania (consistent with Roe v. Wade) if a single physician believes that it is “necessary” based on “all factors (physical, emotional, psychological, familial and the woman’s age) relevant to the well-being of the woman.”  Indeed, the cited statute provides only a single circumstance in which an abortion prior to 24 weeks is NOT permitted under the Pennsylvania statute:  “No abortion which is sought solely because of the sex of the unborn child shall be deemed a necessary abortion.”

 

As a result, “Under the Rendell-Sebelius plan, federal funds will subsidize coverage of abortion performed for any reason, except sex selection,” said NRLC’s Johnson.  “The Pennsylvania proposal conspicuously lacks language that would prevent funding of abortions performed as a method of birth control or for any other reason, except sex selection — and the Obama Administration has now approved this.”

House Minority Leader John Boehner sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius last month asking: “Has the Department provided guidance to states to implement the president’s Executive Order on abortions? When does the Administration expect to issue the directive on abortions? Will the new federal high-risk pools touted by the Administration also ensure that abortions will not be covered? Millions of Americans care deeply about this aspect of the new law and its implementation, and no progress report is complete without detailed information about it.”

Sebelius eventually responded with a bit of a non-response response: She said the administration was working on guidance, no specifics. Boehner, I am told, subsequently raised similar questions with the president and got nowhere. Sebelius’s progress report on Obamacare last week mentioned nothing about it.

And so here’s your first answer of substance about just what Bart Stupak & Co. got out of the White House in the name of the unborn: Nothing. But Democrats still can’t own up to it. Where’s the dignity in that?

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