Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Government Funded Abortion?

There is much dispute as to if the current health care bill will allow for government funded abortion. Health care reform is needed. But health care is irrelevant if you are dead. Health care reform that ensures abortion as an "essential health benefit" is inherently unjust. As Juris Mater has pointed out to us before, the single most dangerous place to be as an American is in your mother's womb.

Thus far, amendments introduced to explicitly exclude abortion have been defeated, yet the Capps amendment passed, which would protect abortion coverage (the details of how, as I understand it, depend on the reauthorization of the Hyde amendment). FOCA seems to be creeping into the health care reform bill. Be aware! With a majority of Americans describing themselves as pro-life, it would seem to make sense to take abortion funding off the table and proceed with a discussion about health care.

***Updated to add Red's comment here, which I forgot to mention***
I think it is important to note that one of our good friends from Princeton, an aspiring doctor, asked us to post this and notify our readers about the risks of this bill. I am frightened for good doctors like her, who may have their career greatly affected by the unwillingness to participate in abortion.

You can read more about the potential of health care reform to fund abortions from the Catholic News Agency:
As Congress prepares to consider President Obama's health care reform this week, the legislation is drawing opposition from both sides of the aisle. At a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, ten lawmakers warned that the current draft of the health care bill will force taxpayers, businesses and insurance providers to pay for abortions.

Reaction from Democrats first became public when a group of 19 congressmen, some of them "Blue Dog Democrats," sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the end of June.

In their letter, the group of 19 warned Pelosi that they would not vote for any health care reform bill that either mandates government coverage for abortion or allows the Health Benefits Advisory Committee to recommend abortion services be included under covered benefits or as part of a benefits package.

"We believe in a culture that supports and respects the right to life and is dedicated to the protection and preservation of families. Therefore, we cannot support any health care reform proposal unless it explicitly excludes abortion from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan," the congressmen wrote.

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"Obamacare is the greatest threat ever to the lives and wellness of unborn children and their mothers since Roe v. Wade was rendered in 1973," Smith charged.

Recalling President Obama's comment to the Pope about wanting to reduce the incidence of abortion, the New Jersey congressman said that the "ugly truth is that his so-called health care reform bill, if enacted, will lead to millions of additional dead children and wounded mothers."

The group of representatives, which included doctors and pro-life women, asserted that the funding of abortions under Obama's health care restructuring will increase the number of abortions.

Agreeing with the 19 Democrat congressmen, Rep. Smith cited a Guttmacher Institute study that found "20%-35% of Medicaid eligible women who would chose abortion carry their pregnancies to term when public funds are not available."

"Government funding, facilitation, promotion and mandates will cause abortion rates to skyrocket," he warned.

"Obamacare opens the spigot of public funding and does more to facilitate abortion than any action since Roe. This is the big one!" Smith cried.

In addition to direct funding of abortion by the government, Smith explained that the legislation "vests new, huge, sweeping powers in an Obama-appointed committee tasked with establishing 'essential health benefits' that all plans must include."

These "essential benefits" include abortion, Smith said, citing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and remarks Obama made as a senator.

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"Obamacare will also exponentially expand the number of abortion mills in the country by requiring that any insurance provider must contract with 'essential community providers, as specified by the Commissioner’," he said.

Smith pointed out that "Planned Parenthood, an organization that aborted over 305,000 children in 2007 alone, launched a multimedia blitz on June 17th, billing itself as an 'essential community health care provider.'"


6 comments:

Right Said Red said...

Thanks Tex for posting this! I think it is important to note that one of our good friends from P-ton, an aspiring doctor, asked us to post this and notify our readers about the risks of this bill. I am frightened for good doctors like her, who may have their career greatly affected by the unwillingness to participate in abortion.

On a positive note, since no bill has actually passed in either the house or senate, NOW is the time to make our voices heard about this issue.

B and C said...

This is such a deep issue. The Right-to-Life and Catholic Social Justice almost seem to be juxtaposed in an unfortunate way. It is scary to think of the government paying for abortions but it is also difficult to think of those who live less-then-full lives or die due to inadequate health care. Is it all or nothing?

texas mommy said...

C,

I understand your frustration! This is precisely why I would suggest taking abortion funding off the table and proceeding with a needed debate on health care. I think a lot of sincere Catholics, myself included, share your frustration with our two-party system in America in which the Pro-Life Republican party does not always fulfill the demands for social justice with respect to health care and immigration reform.

Un Corazon in Tampa said...

Don't worry about all that you write about. It is bigger than that. Don't shop at Wal-Mart or anywhere else for that matter.

If you all have a degrees from Princeton, I have 2 degrees from Franciscan. Ok... here's my point:
ALL THE MONEY FROM THE STUFF WE BUY GOES TO CHINA TO PAY OFF THE DEBT WE OWE AS AMERICANS. IN THE EARLY 90S, PAPA BUSH set up manufacturing with China.

POINT TWO: ALL OR MOST OF IT GOES TO FUND ABORTIONS IN CHINA.

POINT THREE: YOU DON'T NEED THE GOVERNMENT funds now.

POINT FOUR: THEY ARE ALREADY THERE FUNDING THE KILLING OF innocent children.

Major point: all this outsourcing is greed. And all this greed forces us to fund the murder of innocents. Forget the finger pointing. It is worse than you think.

Please wear your smart women caps and keep them on when you wear this again. I beg God to give you the wisdom to do so. Forget the blah on the shouting about health care, it started 15 years ago when the politicians were lying about who was supporting abortion and who was not. They were laughing behind our backs because they knew very well an attempt was going to be made for the Chinese to be exterminated by us.

That is why they are crooks. It is still America and I can write this.

Mama on a Mission said...

Nothing else matters unless you have life whether as a unborn baby, elderly, handicapped...no issue is bigger then that. If you do not have life, who cares about health care. If you do not have the right to life, who cares about the economy. Life is the bases for everything else.

And to respond to above, that is the attitude that the devil wants us to have. He wants us to think it is to big for us. Even if it is, I would like to leave this quote..."Duty is ours, Results are God's." -John Quincy Adams. So we have the duty to try. I for one am not going to be standing at the pearly gates having my Lord ask me why I did not try... only for me to respond that it was bigger then anything I could do.

Un Corazon in Tampa said...

People need to be responsible for THEMSELVES AND TAUGHT TO DO SO.

We do what we can. The economy and life issues are tied together because people do not see the real them: they are children of God. Their visions are skewed.

Get real. I don't believe a single scare tactic. It is the med version of the education folks forcing me to teach something against the church.

THE FIRST AMENDMENT IS STILL THE CONSTITUTION. WE STILL HAVE FREEDOME OF RELIGION.

REMEMBER THAT. YOU STILL CAN SAY NO TO ANYTHING.

COOL THE FREAKN SCARE TACTICS. tHAT SUCKS.