Roundup: Republicans Keep Pushing Against Abortion Funding


Hey, did you hear the one about how federal money will be used to pay for elective abortions in the federal high risk insurance pool?  If you didn’t, I’d be pretty surprised, since, even though the administration has repeatedly said it will not happen, someone seems to be determined to keep spreading the rumor.

And that “someone” appears to be Republican congresspeople.

From The Hill:

Senate Republicans on Wednesday called on the Obama administration to “act immediately” to prohibit federally funded state high-risk pools from covering elective abortions.

The request from 13 Republican senators comes after the Congressional Research Service last week said that the high-risk pools would not be prohibited from covering the procedure by the healthcare reform law, the president’s executive order that no federal monies would be used to fund abortion or the Hyde amendment.

Of course, it makes absolutely no difference that the administration has been saying for two weeks now that it is not in any way allowing elective abortions to be covered.  After all, they have a report! The Washington Times reports:

The senators’ request came on the heels of a Friday memo by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), which concluded that the health care law was vaguely written in regard to abortion funding. The question of whether Mr. Obama‘s plan would open the door to federal funding of abortions proved one of the most politically difficult issues of the health care debate endgame for congressional Democrats.

CRS researchers said that, under certain situations, the law could permit elective abortions in the new, federally funded “Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plans,” which will provide coverage in the states for high-risk uninsured people who have been turned away by private insurers.

CRS confirms our concern that [federal legislation] lacks any restrictions prohibiting states from using federal funding to pay for abortions” in the new high-risk insurance pools, the GOP letter said.

So what sort of victories are really won with this type of blustering and bravado?  Well, if nothign else, the Republicans have already managed to scare one state out of offering health care to high risk individuals all together.  Via Medical News Today:

West Virginia last week announced that it would not administer its own high-risk insurance pool because GOP members of the state’s House of Delegates said the program might fund abortion care, the Charleston Gazette reports (Knezevich, Charleston Gazette, 7/22). The pools — created under the new health reform law (PL 111-148) — are intended to provide insurance coverage to residents with pre-existing conditions. They will expire in 2014 when provisions take effect to prohibit insurers from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions (Lillis [1], “Healthwatch,” The Hill, 7/23).

The health reform law did not spell out how to address abortion care in Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plans. Antiabortion-rights groups voiced concern when two states — New Mexico and Pennsylvania — initially allowed abortion coverage in their pools. In response, HHS announced last week that PCIPs can cover abortion only in cases currently covered under federal law — rape, incest or to save the life of the woman.

Think this isn’t that big of a deal?  Americans United for Life has already drafted the legislation to get all states to opt out of abortion coverage, and is spreading it across the country.  Can the “opt out of high-risk pools” opt out draft be far behind?

So congratulations, Republicans.  You still managed to find a way to block the ability to provide for the country’s most vulnerable.  You should be proud.

Mini Roundup: A doctor associated with Dr. George Tiller is facing discipline over medical cases that are over seven years old.  All because Operation Rescue thinks it’s in a 10 year old’s best interest to carry a baby to term.

July 28, 2010

RedState.com blogger said Nathan Deal voted to fund abortion – PolitiFact

Abortion Coverage Concerns Prompt West Virginia To Decide Against Running High … – Medical News Today

Kenyan doctors defend abortion clause – Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

Supporters Of Colo. ‘Personhood’ Initiative Unveil Strategy To Gather Support – Medical News Today

Susan B. Anthony List targets California’s pro-life Hispanics in Senate race – Catholic News Agency

Abortion veto war begins in NJ – Examiner.com

Republicans demand HHS issue regulations restricting abortion coverage in high … – The Hill

Colorado Personhood Amendment Supporters to Join National Leaders to Defend … – Christian News Wire

Judicial Watchdog Wants Elena Kagan Disbarred Over Abortion Distortions – LifeNews.com

Anti-Abortion Rally At MLK’s Grave Held By Catholic Pro-Life Group (VIDEO) – Huffington Post

2010 crop of new Ariz. laws takes effect Thursday – Forbes

Coalition of Pro-Life Groups Tell FDA to Not Approve Ella Abortion Drug – LifeNews.com

Study Shows Abortion Funding Rules Would Not Apply to High-Risk Pools – FOXNews

KRAJACIC: Put a stop to tax-funded abortion – Washington Times

Kan. Sen. hopeful defends anti-abortion cred – NTV

Greg Abbott asked if state can deny Planned Parenthood funding – Dallas Morning News

Man pleads guilty to abortion threat – Seattle Post Intelligencer

Alaska Planned Parenthood Reworks Ads Against Parental Notification on Abortion – LifeNews.com

US Senate Candidate Defends Anti-Abortion Stance – WCBD

Petition filed against doctor who worked with Tiller – KWCH

Spokane man pleads guilty to threatening abortion provider – The Spokesman Review

GOP senators target abortions – Washington Times

Abortion initiative attracts big donations on both sides – Alaska Dispatch

2010 crop of new Ariz. laws takes effect Thursday – BusinessWeek

Parental consent makes sense – Press & Sun-Bulletin

Family Planning welcomes contraceptive funding – New Zealand Doctor Online

Abortion veto war begins in NJ – Examiner.com

Iran offers cash incentive for new babies – CBC.ca

NJ Abortionists Push for Veto Override of “Family Planning” Cuts – The New American

Migraines and the Menstrual Cycle – New York Times

New gel protects women against HIV – KSN-TV

The Kids Are All Right – New York Times

Warren Buffett’s wise words about women – newjerseynewsroom.com

New CDC Report Shows Strong Link Between Poverty and HIV Infection – Afro American

Bill Clinton Was Right About Wasted HIV/AIDS Funding – Huffington Post

Research Offers New Insight, Hope in the Fight Against HIV – BET

Most women die needlessly when giving birth- Aboagye – Ghana News Agency

July 29, 2010

Abortion emerges as election issue – Chattanooga Times Free Press

Kansas medical regulatory board files 11 complaints against doctor in abortion … – Kansas City Star

Pro-Life Groups Seek Probe Into Kagan’s Clinton-Era Role in Partial Birth … – CNSNews

Come To School Ball – Have Sex – Voxy

States Seek Using Obamacare to Cover Abortions – Human Events

UK govt ‘increasing contraception’ to developing countries – International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Drugs giant in new bid to tackle HIV curse – Yourthanet

DC pushes female condoms to fight HIV epidemic – The Associated Press

$38 million awarded for TB and HIV/AIDS fight in Uganda – The Independent

Nigeria: Make Maternal Health Priority, African Leaders Told – AllAfrica.com

In Haiti, a Lesson for US Health Care – New York Times

Missouri’s Child Well-Being Rank Improves, Kansas’ Holds Steady – KCUR

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