November 19, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Two leading
pro-life organizations that have analyzed the new 2,000-page
government-run health care bill released by Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid late yesterday say the legislation contains massive abortion funding
and a fake amendment that does not truly ban it.
Senate health care bill does not contain the
Stupak amendment the
House approved that stops abortion funding under the public option and
the measure contains a slightly-reworded version of the much-maligned
Capps amendment, which
a House committee approved on a partisan vote and which pro-life groups
say is an accounting scheme to hide government-funded abortions.
has rejected the bipartisan Stupak-Pitts Amendment and has substituted
completely unacceptable language that would result in coverage of abortion
on demand in two big new federal government programs," National Right to
Life legislative director Douglas Johnson assured LifeNews.com late
seeks to cover elective abortions in two big new federal health programs,
but tries to conceal that unpopular reality with layers of contrived
definitions and hollow bookkeeping requirements," he continued.
Lois Capps, whose amendment was deleted when the House adopted the Stupak
language, has applauded Reid's language.
appears that their approach closely mirrors my language which was
originally included in the House bill," she said in a statement.
notes that Reid's bill establishes the public option and authorizes (on
page 118) the Secretary of Health and Human Services to require coverage
of any and all abortions throughout the public option program.
would be federal government funding of abortion, no matter how hard they
try to disguise it," he says.
says the bill creates the affordability credits -- new tax-supported
subsidies to purchase private health plans -- and that these
government-funded credits can be used to purchase health insurance plans
that directly pay for abortions.
Mary Harned of Americans United for Life, has also examined the abortion
sections of Reid's new measure, which she says "provides for an
unprecedented expansion of federally-funded abortion. "
bill includes pro-abortion language and mirrors the false compromise Capps
Amendment from the House debate ó it allows the public option to include
abortion coverage and provides federal subsidies for private plans which
cover abortion," she said.
says the bill does not reflect the principles of the Hyde amendment,
which, since the 1970s, has been used to stop taxpayer funded abortions
she points out how pages 116 through 124 in Senator Reidís new health care
bill will require a plan that covers abortion in every insurance market,
allow HHS to cover abortions through the public option, and create new
tax-funded subsidies to purchase private health plans that will cover
Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican,
has said he will offer
an amendment to the bill that will read much like the Stupak measure in
attempting to ban abortion funding.
Hatch will need 60 votes to move past a pro-abortion filibuster of his
amendment and he will not likely get a sufficient number supporting his
amendment. As a result, pro-life groups are likely to increase their
efforts to oppose the entire bill because of the abortion funding as well
as rationing and end-of-life concerns.
Reid's release of the bill comes after
a new CNN poll showing
a strong majority of Americans oppose government funding of abortions and
oppose all or most abortions.