Pro-Lifers Meet with White House on ObamaCare
“President Obama has in recent weeks been attempting to allay concerns about abortion and his health care plans, calling it a “fabrication” that the bill would use taxpayer funds to pay for abortions. However, pro-life organizations such as the Family Research Council and the National Right to Life Committee have pointed to language in the current form of the House bill explicitly calling for abortion coverage in the public plan, as well as taxpayer subsidies for insurance plans that cover abortions. The analysis of these groups has been backed up by other non-pro-life groups, including the Associated Press and the non-partisan FactCheck.org.
“More recently, Obama claimed in a Sept. 9 address to a joint session of Congress that “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.”
“AUL president and CEO Charmaine Yoest met with senior White House officials Melody Barnes and Tina Tchen after Dr. Yoest called on the White House to clarify President Obama’s recent statement of support for keeping abortion funding out of health care reform.”After the meeting, Dr. Yoest stated that the White House remained noncommittal on explicit language excluding abortion from the health care bill.
“We remain deeply concerned about abortion funding and the abortion mandate in health care reform,” said Yoest in a statement Thursday. “Ms. Barnes reiterated the President’s statement about opposing abortion funding in his address before Congress last week but the White House would not commit to language that explicitly excludes abortion from health care reform.”