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January 1, 2010
Democrats can't thread the needle on abortion
It is a lie that the Hyde Amendment will protect American taxpayers from funding elective abortions if the merged version of Obamacare goes through. Hyde is legislation that must be renewed annually and covers abortions through Medicaid in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment of the mother. Right now, seventeen states offer their own coverage outside Medicaid for "medically necessary" abortions including the mental health of the mother.
South Dakota is the only state not to fully abide by the Hyde Amendment, and only pays for abortion when the life of the mother is at stake.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) told HuffPo that "she might be willing to support the Senate's abortion language." Referring to keeping the Hyde Amendment in order to pass the bill, she said:
It's not Stupak-Pitts [the House's language]. So, it's already [an improvement]. And it would appear to be current law. I would have to look at the questions that surround it, et cetera. But if it is current law then it would be something that was my goal at the outset: let's maintain current law and then let's pass health care."
DeLauro is doing Obama's bidding in reconciling the two bills to include abortion funding. She would like it to be clean and neat, but there's a fly in the ointment. In her Susan B Anthony newsletter, Marjorie Dannenfelser writes:
Rep. Bart Stupak informed Greta Van Susteren of FOX News that the White House told him to keep silent on abortion until the President had a chance to walk him through the pro-abortion Nelson-Reid Amendment. Stupak responded, "I don't need you to walk me through the amendment. I can read, and this amendment is unacceptable."
Under the Senate bill, those who receive federal subsidies to purchase insurance would be required to use their own money if they wished to purchase abortion coverage.
Let's see-if I receive a federal subsidy to pay for my insurance, I'll make sure I don't use those funds to buy separate abortion coverage; I'll go into another one of my checking accounts to pay for my abortion insurance.
So, the Huffington Post asked, if you could confirm that the Senate's abortion language upholds current law, you will be fine supporting it?
"That's right. That's right," Del And I would just say that with regard to the Catholic Bishops, they now have an opportunity to not hold health care hostage in the way that they did and tried to do in the Senate," DeLauro, a Catholic, said. "No one, no group, no individual should do that. 45,000 people die every year and have no health insurance. We've got to act."
The Liberal Left is as blind as ever. Why can they not see the beam in their own eye? They support the killing of 1.3 million babies a year for medical reasons, yet they are mortified by 45,000 people dying every year. DeLauro crafted her language to garner sympathy, but didn't say how many died because of having no health insurance. Where's her remorse over the millions who die in the name of reproductive rights?
The latest poll from Quinnipac University shows 72% of Americans polled oppose federal funding of abortions.