Why Sebelius lied: Obamacare will be filling abortion industry’s coffers to the tune of $1 billion a year.

In reality, the abortion fee is a dollar or more a month. Doesn’t seem like much, right? Well, those pennies add up. Alliance Defending Freedom does the math.

Say just half of American workers are forced to pay only a dollar each month. That’s $924,000,000 – all funneled into an abortion-on-demand fund each year. That translates to more than 2,000,000 elective abortions that you have been forced to help fund.

What’s more, Obamacare has a “gag rule” that forces employers to keep mum about which plans include an abortion premium until the time they enroll.

It gets better, yet. Planned Parenthood – the largest abortion provider in the country – helped write all these mandates.

Cortney O’BrienTownhall.com, October 30

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Proof that Obamacare funds abortions

Here’s how the provision essentially works: An individual enrolled in an insurance plan that covers abortions through an employer, by choice or even unknowingly, must pay an added abortion surcharge of one dollar per month. With no choice of opting out of the plan, paying for this abortion coverage is imposed whether an individual wants to or not.

This amounts to you and I being forced to take twelve dollars a year to the local Planned Parenthood or other abortion mill, place the money in the blood-stained hands of the abortionist and say, “This is to help fund the killing of innocent unborn babies.”

Obamacare even contains a clause that prevents insurance plans from letting people know about the required abortion surcharge. You won’t be notified that you’re paying into a plan that covers abortion until your time of enrollment. By then, in most cases, it’ll be too late. It’s sinister government secrecy—a bureaucratic sleight of hand—that will result in wholesale abortion-on-demand provided by the government.

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Fact Check: Clinton Misleads on Planned Parenthood Funding

Today, Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) President Marjorie Dannenfelser fact-checked former President Bill Clinton’s reaction to Congressional efforts to defund Planned Parenthood of its taxpayer funding, saying:

“President Clinton believes that taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood means fewer abortions. If that were true, that would mean that the number of abortions performed by Planned Parenthood in 2000, the last year of Clinton’s presidency, would be much higher than current levels since taxpayer funding has increased every year since. From 2000 to 2009, Planned Parenthood saw an 80 percent increase in taxpayer funding, receiving $202 million in 2000 and $363 million in 2009.

“The truth is, more taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood equals more abortions. In 2000, Planned Parenthood performed 197,070 abortions while making 2,486 adoption referrals. In 2009, they performed 332,278 abortions and made just 977 adoption referrals. That means an 80 percent increase in taxpayer funding resulted in a 69 percent increase in the number of abortions and a 61 percent decrease in the number of adoption referrals.

“Clinton also claims that ending taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood will end the ability of women to receive family planning services, cancer screenings, and preventative healthcare. But according to a report by the Chiaroscuro Foundation, poor women and women generally have other options. In addition to the tens of thousands of U.S. doctors and hospitals providing this care, there are 1,048 federally qualified health centers in the U.S. providing care as well. And Planned Parenthood, with nearly a billion dollars in net assets, would still be free to operate on its own dime.

“President Clinton talks a lot about making abortion rare. If he’s serious about doing so, he should back efforts to defund America’s leading abortion provider of taxpayer funding. The numbers are indisputable.”

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The “deadly” social justice of Sister Carol


I have credited Winters in the past with a genuine pro-life commitment, so I wondered why he would get so choked up over a Catholic nun who was a key player in providing federal funding for abortion.

Here is Winter’s explanation of his admiration for Sr. Carol (emphasis added):

That applause came from somewhere deep in the consciousness of the assembled Catholics, all of whom share a commitment to the Church’s social justice traditions and teaching. It came from the years of frustration as successive presidents failed to find the political calculus needed to enact universal health coverage. It came, most especially, from the recognition that we almost encountered another chapter in that catalogue of frustration. But, at the last minute, Sister Carol, with that counter-cultural combination of a wealth of knowledge and experience and the unique authenticity of one who has chosen poverty, provided the moral push that pushed health care reform across the finish line.

We had come to hear Sister Carol speak, so we stopped the applause eventually. I wish it had gone on forever.

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First abortion funding, now the reality of “death panels” in Obamacare

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Now that President Barack Obama has signed the pro-abortion health care bill into law, a supporter of his has admitted the rationing components in it. During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” Paul Krugman admits some of the concerns that pro-life groups pointed out during the debate.

Krugman claims accurately that the cost/benefit board established over private medicine by the new health care program will be able to impose “more or less binding judgments” refusing care.

He said these judgments will save “a lot of money” in the context of treating the elderly and people with disabilities and terminal illnesses.

Krugman also said the panel will prevent treatment that isn’t “medically” useful.

Wesley J. Smith, an author and attorney who is a bioethics watchdog, noticed the interview.

“No, the money won’t be taken out of the hide of patients who want physiologically useless treatment, it will come at the lethal cost to patients whose treatment will be refused because it could work, based on the invidious judgment that the patient’s life is not worth the money to support,” he said in response.

“In short, Krugman has admitted that contrary to the many mendacious denials by Obamacare supporters, the new regime will impose rationing,” as happens in the UK, Smith added.

“This is akin to imposing a duty to die because when we reach a certain point in life, we will not be able to obtain treatment we want that could keep us going. Indeed, for me, this centralized federal control over what will and will not be provided in medicine–and to whom–is the biggest reason (among so many) why Obamacare is wrong,” Smith commented.

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Why the Senate bill is anti-life

The Senate Health Care Reform Bill spends taxpayer dollars on health care plans that fund abortions, spends $12 billion on Community Health Centers that Planned Parenthood will be eligible for, gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius the right to declare abortion as a pre-existing condition to be covered under every health care plan in the federal exchange under the Mikulski Amendment, eliminates conscience protections for insurance providers, trip-wires the direct funding of abortions to potential expiration, and forces everyone including men and old women to pay at least $1 (to be raised under jurisdiction of Congress) to a fund for “reproductive rights” that will cover 100% of the cost for anyone who gets elective abortions. To say that the Senate Health Care Reform Bill is the greatest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade is an understatement.

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The truth and the lies about abortion funding in the health care bill

I just don’t see how Nancy Pelosi could possibly continue lying about this when the funding of abortion is pretty much the entire reason this awful bill can’t pass. How stupid do they think we are? Wait. Don’t anwer that.

Doug Johnson of National Right to Life wrote:

Speaker Pelosi has her own idiosyncratic dictionary, one in which federal agencies can pay for abortion on demand without spending “public funds” or “taxpayer funds” for abortion. In ordinary English, however, this is deceptive claptrap.

Kathleen McKinley at Right Wing News said:

Every version of the health-care bill has contained multiple pro-abortion mandates and federal subsidies for abortion, except for the version that was fixed by adoption of the Stupak-Pitts amendment. But Obama and Reid kept that provision out of the Senate bill. It had been used to get Stupak and other pro life Democrats (I love typing that..pro-life Democrats- music to my ears ) votes in the House, but then quickly dropped to satisfy abortion lobby. The final bill is the most pro-abortion piece of legislation since Roe v. Wade. It would result in direct federal funding of abortion through Community Health Centers, tax subsidies for private plans that cover abortion, and pro-abortion federal administrative mandates. When Obama said that no federal funds would be used to fund abortion, he was either flat out lying or he changed his mind. He should admit that now.

I think that the Democrats have had the media in their pocket for so long that they’ve believed that they can lie with impugnity and never get called on it. But it’s our job as bloggers and new media types to continue getting the word out that the people are being lied to.

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Catholics Should be Upset CCHD Still Funding Pro-Abortion Organization

Only a few months ago, it was revealed that the Catholic Campaign for Human Development was funding organizations actively promoting abortion and same-sex marriage. As a result, several organizations were defunded, and the CCHD was declared back on track.

But with regard to at least one CCHD grantee, The San Francisco Organizing Project (SFOP), that doesn’t appear to be the case. Last fall, Bellarmine Veritas Ministry caught SFOP receiving a $200,000 grant for a clinic offering both birth control and emergency contraception.

CCHD and the Archdiocese of San Francisco subsequently investigated SFOP and reaffirmed their support, adding their admiration for its initiatives toward creating a model program for universal health care.

American Life League, in coalition with Reform CCHD, then took a closer look at these insurance initiatives — Healthy San Francisco and Healthy Kids. Both programs heavily promote and provide funding for abortion, birth control, and comprehensive sex education. (For evidence, see p. 42 of San Francisco Health Plan, the Healthy San Francisco mailer, the Healthy Kids Web site, and the recent investigation by Bellarmine Veritas Ministries.)

During a public hearing, the California Catholic Conference stated its full support for Healthy Kids, in spite of the fact that “family planning” services, including contraception and elective abortion, are being offered to young people in San Francisco with this program. The lone opposition to Healthy Kids was the California Right to Life Committee, which argued, “Teenage girls will be brought into government-funded programs promoting birth control and abortion services without parental consent.”

The continuing support of SFOP by the CCHD has serious implications. First of all, Bishop Roger Morin — the chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the CCHD — was simply incorrect when he called Reform CCHD Now’s accusations “untrue” and “outrageous.” Clear cases of inappropriate funding were discovered, and that funding was removed. The San Francisco Organizing Project should be defunded as well.

CCHD says it thoroughly investigates each group that applies for funding and never funds a group in opposition to Church teaching. How, then, did SFOP remain in good standing, when it is responsible for programs like Healthy San Francisco and Healthy Kids? Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco also came out fully supporting the SFOP.

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NRLC Letter: Six Ways Senate Health Care Bill Results in Abortion Funding

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — As Congressional Democrats work on merging the House and Senate versions of the government-run health care bill, a new letter from the National Right to Life Committee details six ways in which the Senate version mandates taxpayer funding of abortions.

The details are important because the Senate version of the legislation, especially when it comes to language concerning abortion, is expected to form the basis of the merged bill.

The letter to members of Congress comes at a time when pro-life groups are hoping to urge pro-life Democrats to hold fast against any final bill that includes abortion funding.

The NRLC letter says the “House-passed bill (H.R. 3962) and the Senate-passed bill (H.R. 3590) are far more divergent on abortion policy matters than one would understand on the basis of accounts in the news media.”

While the House bill contains the Stupak amendment to stop abortion funding, the Senate bill contains the Nelson-Reid deal that allows states to force taxpayers to finance abortions.

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Catholic Health Association Backs Phony Casey Abortion Funding Compromise

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Catholic Health Association is backing the phony compromise on abortion funding in the Senate health care bill released by Sen. Bob Casey and rejected by Sen. Ben Nelson and pro-life groups. The group released a statement yesterday that is sure to raise the eyebrows of pro-life Catholics.

The compromise from Casey is an attempt to get Nelson on board with the pro-abortion health care bill that contains massive abortion funding.

Sr. Carol Keehan, the president of the CHA said that, although she hasn’t seen the text of the Casey proposal, “we are encouraged by recent deliberations and the outline Senator Casey is developing.”

Keehan claimed that “now that a public health insurance option is no longer on the table, we are increasingly confident that Senator Casey’s language can achieve the objective of no federal funding for abortion.”

“It is our understanding that the language now being written would prohibit federal funding of abortion,” Keehan said.

But that’s not at all the case, according to those who have seen the language and provided their analysis.

Nelson himself said yesterday that the language “isn’t sufficient” and “the basic question on funding for abortion hasn’t been answered yet.”

Also, National Right to Life legislative director Douglas Johnson said the language is “unacceptable” and called it a “far cry from the Stupak Amendment” because it “would break from the long-established principles of the Hyde Amendment by providing federal subsidies for health plans that cover abortion on demand.”

Other pro-life groups including the Family Research Council and Nebraska Right to Life confirmed the Casey language did not “prohibit federal funding of abortion,” as Keehan maintained.

Also, in an interview on Wednesday, Richard Doerflinger, a spokesman for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said that the bishops appreciated the goals of some of Casey’s proposal, but that they did not actually stop taxpayer funding of abortion. As a result, the USCCB could not sign off on it with their support.

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George Weigel on Nancy Pelosi and conscience

The period between Halloween and Christmas will likely tell the tale on health-care reform. The moment to act is now. It will be a dark day in the history of Catholicism in America if the Speaker of the House of Representatives, an “ardently” Catholic woman formed by 16 years of Catholic education, willfully blocks an open vote by the people’s duly elected representatives on federal funding of abortion. Write your member of Congress, urging him or her to support a rule allowing an open, clean, up-or-down vote on the Stupak-Pitts amendment. Write Speaker Pelosi, urging her to let her House colleagues vote their consciences on this grave matter.

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USCCB NATIONWIDE BULLETIN INSERT ON HEALTH CARE BILL

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USCCB NATIONWIDE BULLETIN INSERT

Tell Congress: Remove Abortion Funding & Mandates from Needed Health Care Reform

Congress is preparing to debate health care reform legislation on the House and Senate floors.

Genuine health care reform should protect the life and dignity of all people from the moment of conception until natural death. The U.S. bishops’ conference has concluded that all committee approved bills are seriously deficient on the issues of abortion and conscience, and do not provide adequate access to health care for immigrants and the poor.

The bills will have to change or the bishops have pledged to oppose them.

Our nation is at a crossroads. Policies adopted in health care reform will have an impact for good or ill for years to come. None of the bills retains longstanding current policies against abortion funding or abortion coverage mandates, and none fully protects conscience rights in health care.

As the U.S. bishops’ letter of October 8 states:

“No one should be required to pay for or participate in abortion. It is essential that the legislation clearly apply to this new program longstanding and widely supported federal restrictions on abortion funding and mandates, and protections for rights of conscience.

No current bill meets this test…. If acceptable language in these areas cannot be found, we will have to oppose the health care bill vigorously.”

For the full text of this letter and more information on proposed legislation and the bishops’ advocacy for authentic health care reform, visit: http://www.usccb.org/healthcare.

Congressional leaders are attempting to put together final bills for floor consideration. Please contact your Representative and Senators today and urge them to fix these bills with the pro-life amendments noted below. Otherwise much needed health care reform will have to be opposed. Health care reform should be about saving lives, not destroying them.

ACTION: Contact Members through e-mail, phone calls or FAX letters.

 To send a pre-written, instant e-mail to Congress go to http://www.usccb.org/action.

 Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at: 202-224-3121, or call your Members’ local offices.

 Full contact info can be found on Members’ web sites at http://www.house.gov & http://www.senate.gov.

MESSAGE to SENATE:

“During floor debate on the health care reform bill, please support an amendment to incorporate longstanding policies against abortion funding and in favor of conscience rights. If these serious concerns are not addressed, the final bill should be opposed.”

MESSAGE to HOUSE:

“Please support the Stupak Amendment that addresses essential pro-life concerns on abortion funding and conscience rights in the health care reform bill. Help ensure that the Rule for the bill allows a vote on this amendment. If these serious concerns are not addressed, the final bill should be opposed.”

WHEN: Both House and Senate are preparing for floor votes now. Act today! Thank you!

More here (PDF file)

Government funding will pump unprecedented amounts of new cash into Planned Parenthood, others, greatly expanding the abortion industry

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Presently, an abortion might cost anywhere from $400 to $4000 dollars, depending on whether the woman has health insurance, or not. When insurance is available, abortion fees tend to increase to the maximum that’s payable under the health plan , in order to maximize the abortionist’s profits.

Imagine how many new abortion clinics might instantly pop up if a $1,000 procedure suddenly became a $10,000 one!

And what’s to prevent an abortion friendly government from wildly increasing the reimbursement rate for abortions, in order to expand the industry in an attempt to “normalize” and promote it, much as they did with all those ill considered Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac home mortgages?

A $20,000 abortion is not hard to imagine, especially in light of what we already know about the wildly inflated prices of government funded hammers and toilet seats.

Government funded abortion is not health care. It’s simply another ill-considered attempt at social engineering that will further weaken the already failing fabric of our society.

If you think the recent financial collapse was bad, wait until your government tries doing the same thing with our “human capital”!

Contact your elected representatives in Congress and tell them that any new government health care plan must NOT include abortion funding.

A suggestion from Randall Terry on House Bill 3200 (Obamacide Health Care)

Congressman Moran insisted that (federal) money would not pay for child-killing by abortion. This is a lie.
 
If Obama and Pelosi and Dean want us to believe them, there is something really simple they could do:
 
Obama, Dean, and Pelosi can prove they do not want child-killing by abortion in HR 3200; all they have to do put in the bill: ‘The Hyde Ammendment will remain in full force, and no public moneys will be used to pay for elective abortion.’ And, ‘No insurance carriers will be mandated to cover elective abortion.’ And, ‘Nothing in this bill guarantees the right to an abortion, nor equates women’s reproductivve health care needs to abortion.’ When they become explicit in the bill – like they are about coverage for illegal aliens – we will believe them. Until then, they are lying when they say this bill will not fund abortion.

I beg you to contact your Congressman, and urge him/her to add this type of language. Until they do, we can be assured that this bill will be the joy child of the Angel of Death. White House Switchboard: 202-224-3121 (Tell the operator where you’re from and they will connect you.)

Finally, if you like what we are doing, please give a gift as a show of support. The sumer months have been very difficult – and we are about out of funds. Go to www.OverturnRoe.com to give a gift. (GIfts are not tax-deductible.)

Please keep us in your prayers.

Randall Terry

Links to stories of last night:

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/2009/08/screaming-town-hallers-take-on-moran-dean-each-other.php

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/08/26/health-care-town-hall-descends-into-chaos/

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/2009/08/screaming-town-hallers-take-on-moran-dean-each-other.php

From the road trip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo_ZoYh74ok