Pro-life watchdogs rescue taxpayers from funding abortions

Whew! That was close. The thought of being forced to chip in on some abortionist’s bill for cranioclasts and suction curettes is horrifying. It is truly a relief that Right to Life was there to expose this.

Thank the National Right to Life here.

According to a report in LifeNews, administration officials first denied this stealth attempt to fund abortions through high-risk insurance pools in Pennsylvania and New Mexico. However, after the NRLC’s charges were confirmed by the Hill and others, they pledged to change the policy.

Now, Health and Human Services Department spokeswoman Jenny Backus has issued a response saying the abortion funding won’t occur and officials in both states are revising their information that initially stated it would.

However, NRLC legislative director, Douglas Johnson, isn’t letting down his guard:

“If HHS does now issue new directives to keep abortion out of this particular program, it will be because NRLC blew the whistle on them,” Johnson said. “The Obama Administration shows a pattern of relentlessly pushing pro-abortion policies through the federal agencies and on Capitol Hill, whenever they think they can do so under the public radar — and then scurrying for cover when the spotlight comes on.”

That both states reported they would cover elective abortions is not in dispute, although both appear to be backtracking after Right to Life uncovered the abortion funding.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that New Mexico “initially listed elective abortion as a covered benefit” but then “reversed course” after AP inquired about the coverage NRLC discovered.

Michelle Lujan Grisham, deputy director of the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool, told AP that the state’s contract with HHS stipulated the plan must follow federal law but did not spell out details on limits to abortion coverage.

“As a result, New Mexico included elective abortion as a covered benefit, following what it was already doing with its own state health programs,” AP indicated.

NRLC identified how the Internet site describing the New Mexico plan listed “elective termination of pregnancy” as a covered benefit and noting how it would pay for 80 percent of the cost of the abortion after the insured woman met the $500 deductible.

Grisham initially told AP the state would follow through on that plan but then called the news outlet back later Wednesday saying otherwise: “We are in the process of correcting the package so it will not have elective abortion coverage.”

Pennsylvania officials are backtracking as well, with Rosanne Placey, a spokeswoman for the state insurance department, telling AP the high risk pool will now not cover elective abortions: “That is not part of the benefit package.”

This close call illustrates the peril this bunch in Washington pose for the most innocent and defenseless among us. It’s no secret President Obama tacks further left than any of his predecessors, and there isn’t an abortion he doesn’t wholeheartedly support. He sees no reason to protect a tiny human while in the womb, nearly born, or — as his legislative record in Illinois indicates — gasping for breath in a dirty utility room. And he sees no reason why he shouldn’t  make us pay for it. 

Johnson ultimately told “I have been asked, can the Administration be trusted? Sure, they can be trusted — to try to expand federal support for abortion every sneaky chance they get.”

“Everybody needs to constantly watch what people in this Administration are doing, not what they are saying,” he concluded.

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