August 7, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) --
legislation in Congress whose pro-abortion sponsors insist is a common
ground bill that deserves support from pro-life advocates has a
little-noticed provision. New analysis from Americans United for Life
discovers the bill requires all 50 states to spend taxpayer dollars
LifeNews.com has repeatedly
profiled, is sponsored by pro-abortion Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a former
executive director of the pro-abortion group NARAL.
co-sponsor is Ohio Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, who flip-flopped on abortion
and hasn't cast a pro-life vote since 2006.
LifeNews.com today that, tucked into the Ryan-DeLauro bill (HR 3312) is a
little-noticed provision that mandates that states provide abortion in
state medical assistance programs.
Title VII, section 701 of the bill says that these state programs must
cover "family planning" services.
1970s, several federal appeals courts have read "family planning" in the
Medicaid statute to include elective abortion, unless the bill contains an
express exclusion of abortion, such as the Hyde Amendment.
Ryan-DeLauro bill contains no such exclusion, it mandates abortion
coverage in state medical assistance programs, says Charmaine Yoest, the
president of AUL.
Parenthood and NARAL wouldn't back a so-called ‘common ground’ bill unless
it included abortion services,” she said. “Efforts to paint this bill as
‘pro-life’ are deceptive.”
states have had the option to provide different “benefit packages” to
certain populations and model the coverage on “benchmark” or “benchmark
Ryan-DeLauro Bill would mandate, for the first time, that states include
abortion within the “benchmark” or “benchmark equivalent” plans.
be a radical extension of federally mandated taxpayer funding of abortion
and an unprecedented mandate that states cover abortion in state medical
assistance programs," she says.
Forsythe, the senior attorney for Americans United for Life, agrees.
takes away the flexibility that the states have had in designing their
plans, by mandating that ‘family planning’ -- which federal courts read to
include elective abortion -- be included. Under Ryan-DeLauro, states can
no longer opt out from paying for elective abortion," he said.
Ryan-DeLauro bill is so off base compared to the pro-life teachings of the
Catholic Church that Ryan's own Catholic bishop
has urged opposition to the bill.
Americans United for Life -