Some of you may be a little confused or wondering as to how exactly the government health-care proposals on the table would effect abortion, specifically, whether government funds could be used to fund abortions under the guise or category of “health-care”.
Charmaine Yoest, President of Americans United for Life (AUL), from the beginning of the health-care debate has been on top of the issue and in the front line of the health-care fight, bringing much clarity to the issue and fighting to keep government health-care dollars from funding abortion. In the imbedded video she explains how the current health-care proposals would indeed inevitably lead to abortion funding through…the courts? Yes…and I believe she is absolutely correct. Be sure to watch the video…
Additionally, I’ve linked below an article written by Yoest in The Washington Times. For those who don’t have time to read the entire article I have pasted the key portion of article directly below, so be sure to read that if you can. Remember this is an important issue!
The truth is that the health care packages under consideration do include abortion funding. Without a specific statutory amendment that includes an explicit ban on federal funding and coverage, we face health care reform that includes abortion.
Lost in the debate over whether or not abortion is “in there” – whether or not you can flip to a certain page and point to a particular clause related to abortion funding – is an understanding among political elites that this is a watershed battle over definition. It’s existential, if you will, and comes down to a very straightforward question: Is abortion health care, or is it not?
An inadvertent answer from the abortion advocates’ side emerged during the debate over H.R. 3200 in the House Education and Labor Committee on July 22 after Rep. Mark Souder, Indiana Republican, offered an amendment to exclude abortion funding from health care reform. Rep. Lynn Woolsey, California Democrat, clearly miffed, responded:
“[Abortion] is a legal medical practice and by even having to talk about it … we’re not talking about having your tonsils out. …”
No, indeed we are not. As a matter of public policy, we still have the ability to differentiate between an abortion and a tonsillectomy. But this is precisely the debate we confront.
Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby define abortion as health care, as being morally equivalent to a tonsillectomy, and health care reform is their vehicle for imposing that view definitively with the full force of the federal government.
For the record, the Souder amendment to bar federal funding of abortion failed, as have all similar attempts to provide a clear and unequivocal abortion exclusion.
This is literally a defining moment for the pro-life movement. On Planned Parenthood’s Web site, the very first category under Health on the navigation bar is Abortion.
You can read the entire article here. It provides some background that isn’t included in the video. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/sep/21/is-abortion-health-care-or-is-it-not/
In closing, this is an incredibly important issue were are dealing with here and it’s vital that we get the word out about the dangers facing us. More importantly, it’s important that we spread the word about the danger facing the unborn. I hope some of the information in here was helpful. If it was, be sure to pass it on through email, facebook, blogs, twitter, myspace, etc., and/or use it as a base for additional research. 🙂
God bless and veritas supra omnis!