From Wisconsin Right to Life:
"First it was the Associated Press, then FactCheck.org and now Time Magazine. All of them agree with the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), Wisconsin Right to Life (WRTL) and other leading right-to-life organizations that the health care bills backed by the Obama White House will result in government funding of abortion," said Susan Armacost, Legislative Director of Wisconsin Right to Life.
On August 19, 2009, Obama said that it is "not true" and a "fabrication" to say that his health plan "will mean government funding of abortion." But it is the President of the United States who is the real fabricator.
NRLC and WRTL have been pointing out for months that both H.R. 3200 in the House and the "Affordable Health Choices Act" in the Senate would create huge new federal programs that would cover abortion for any reason:
Both bills would result in government funding of abortion. FactCheck.org reported in an August 21, 2009 analysis, "Despite what Obama said, the House bill would allow abortions to be covered by a federal plan and by federally subsidized private plans." FactCheck.org also wrote: "Obama has said in the past that 'reproductive services' would be covered by his public plan, so it's likely that any new federal insurance plan would cover abortion unless Congress expressly prohibits it. Low and moderate-income persons who would choose the 'public plan' would qualify for federal subsidies to purchase it. Private plans that cover abortion also could be purchased with the help of federal subsidies." This is also true of the Senate bill.
On August 5, AP blew the cover off a phony abortion "compromise" that was crafted and passed in the House Energy and Commerce Committee to allow supporters of Obamacare to "claim" that a compromise on abortion acceptable to both sides had been reached. The AP headline said it all: "Gov't insurance would allow coverage for abortion." In describing the phony "compromise", NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson said, "It's a sham. The plan pays for abortion, and the government subsidizes the plan."
The AP story also exposed another ruse being used by pro-abortion supporters of Obamacare .. that the Hyde Amendment would prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion in the plan. AP explained that "the health overhaul would create a stream of federal funding not covered by the [Hyde] restrictions."
Time Magazine this week has joined AP and FactCheck.org in concluding that Obamacare allows taxpayer funding of abortion. "The health-care reform proposed by the House Democrats, if enacted, would in fact mark a significant change in the Federal Government's role in the financing of abortions," said Time. The article went on to say, "So, in effect, anyone who wanted to sign up for the public option, a federally funded and administered program, would find themselves paying for abortion coverage." Time concluded by saying, "the new system differs markedly from the old federal policy of not involving the government in abortion services."
NRLC's Johnson expands further: "Federal agencies receive funds from many sources, but once the government has the money and is writing the checks, they are public funds, federal funds. And if they are spent on abortions, then that is government funding of abortion."
"Obama and his pro-abortion allies in Congress want health care reform to include government-funded abortion but they don't want to admit it to the American public who oppose federally-funded abortions by wide margins," said Armacost. "So instead, they brazenly and falsely misrepresent the abortion-related components of health care legislation to the American people. The right-to-life movement will not rest until abortion is explicitly excluded from the plan."
Obama has to stop lying about abortion and his health care government takeover plan. He's embarrassing himself.