Yesterday at a Chicago NARAL fundraiser, 300 attendees gave some of their loudest applause (according to the AP) to HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ mention of the Obama administration mandate that health insurance plans cover birth control without copays.
But beyond the ever faithful pro-life presence of the Pro-Life Action League, another rebuke to Sebelius was today’s good news that the U.S. House will be voting next week on a pro-life bill to UNDO abortion in Obamacare.
HR 358 the “Protect Life Act” is sponsored by Congressman Joe Pitts, and co-sponsored by all four Kansas U.S. Representatives: Tim Huelskamp, 1st district; Lynn Jenkins, 2nd district; Kevin Yoder, 3rd district; and Mike Pompeo, 4th district. Express your support here.
Modeled on the former “Stupak-Pitts” amendment, HR 358 would correct the numerous abortion-expanding provisions kept in the final health care law and contains important conscience protections for pro-life health care providers as well. (Read related item of President Obama bragging about new forced contraception mandate without a viable conscience exemption here.)
ABORTION GIMMICKS IN OBAMACARE
Last July, NRLC (the National Right to Life Committee, of which Kansans for Life is a state affiliate) documented and blew the whistle on how elective abortions were secretly going to be paid for in a 100% federally funded program, the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) program.
After a public outcry, HHS announced a discretionary decision that the PCIP plans would not cover elective abortions. HOWEVER, on the same day, the head of the White House Office of Health Reform, Nancy-Ann DeParle, issued a statement on the White House blog explaining that
the discretionary decision to exclude abortion from the PCIP “is not a precedent for other programs or policies [under the PPACA] given the unique, temporary nature of the program . . .”
This is just one example of doublespeak on abortion in Obamacare; first the so-called ‘no abortion’ executive order, followed by misdirection, bookkeeping gimmicks, loopholes, and ultra-narrow provisions that were designed to be ineffective, and/or provisions that are rigged to expire.
And lest we forget the mindset of Kathleen Sebelius, who is at the HHS helm of mainstreaming abortion into government-controlled private insurance, here’s her own words yesterday:
“We’ve come a long way in women’s health over the last few decades, but we are in a war…they [pro-life legislators] want to roll back the last 50 years in progress women have made in comprehensive health care in America. …I’m confident we can keep moving forward to a day when all American women have access to the comprehensive health services they need and the right to make their own choices about their bodies and their own futures,” Sebelius said, promising that the Obama administration “will be fighting with you every step along the way.”
She forgot to say she means all women …who get to be born.