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  • New But Unimproved: Abortion Funding in the White House Health Plan

    The President promised that under health reform taxpayers would not be forced to fund abortion. Not true.

    The new health care outline posted by the White House this morning appears to aggravate concerns about a new abortion funding scheme that is not covered by any limitation, including the traditional Hyde amendment governing annual appropriations to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Stupak-Pitts amendment adopted by the House of Representative last November in its version of health reform. Instead, the White House plan would invest $11 billion in an expansion of Community Health Centers, others known as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), with no limitation at all.

    This $11 billion price tag is $2.5 billion higher than called for by the Senate bill approved on Christmas Eve. That legislation provided for $7 billion in fresh appropriations for operating funds and another $1.5 billion in spending for construction of FQHCs (both sums over five years). Because this money would be directly appropriated if the Senate bill is adopted and signed into law, it does not need to be included in the annual Labor-Health and Human Services spending bill. As a result, the Hyde Amendment abortion funding limit would not apply to these FQHC funds. Nor would the comprehensive Stupak-Pitts funding limit, unless the House-passed language of that amendment is specifically included in the Senate bill updated by today’s White House proposal.

    The 11-page White House summary of President Obama’s proposal does not mention inclusion of the Stupak-Pitts amendment in any final bill. Given the opposition of Democratic leaders to the amendment, it is reasonable to assume that the dramatic expansion of FQHC’s, which already number 1,250, could go hand in hand with the expansion of abortion at these centers. The FQHCs are being lobbied to include abortion among their “prevention” services, and the underlying federal authorizing statute does not bar them from doing so. Therefore, the impact of this new and independent funding stream on expanding taxpayer-funded abortion could be immense.

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    3 Responses to New But Unimproved: Abortion Funding in the White House Health Plan

    1. annette huneault wel says:

      This man is not be trusted as you can see and its unfortunated.

    2. T Oen, Ohio says:

      This should not be shock to anyone. This is another example of congress talking out of both sides of their mouth. They impose legislation to keep funding abortion and then create loopholes so that it could be funded without people realizing it. This is another example on why we need to remain vigilant in our fight to make sure this does not occur in any form. This is again why we need to pay attention to what our elected officials are doing.

      Please visit my website http://www.abortionfactsblog.com for more details.

    3. Don Strimpel Canton says:

      What will be the final analysis past on funding abortion? With the President giving a directive and the reconcilliation done, what a mess to try to get facts on what is going to be funded and how.

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