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 , “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
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
Colorado Personhood Amendment Supporters to Join National Leaders to Defend … – Christian News Wire
KRAJACIC: Put a stop to tax-funded abortion – Washington Times
Greg Abbott asked if state can deny Planned Parenthood funding – Dallas Morning News
Man pleads guilty to abortion threat – Seattle Post Intelligencer
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
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
Bill Clinton Was Right About Wasted HIV/AIDS Funding – Huffington Post
Most women die needlessly when giving birth- Aboagye – Ghana News Agency
July 29, 2010
Abortion emerges as election issue – Chattanooga Times Free Press
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