Abortion supporters are angry that the federal HHS department has announced that states must obey abortion limits in new Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plans (PCIPs). The Sebelius-headed HHS department was merrily approving abortion-funding plans to begin immediately– until the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) blew the whistle.
A revised HHS statement now indicates there will be a policy for all PCIPs to follow the “Hyde” abortion limitations, as implemented in the Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan. Under this principle, federally-funded insurance can only cover abortions for rape, incest and threat to the life of mother without access to supplemental money to enlarge the policy to cover elective abortion.
Abortion allies, including NARAL and the National Women’s Law Center, consider this an unnecessary concession by Obama and –since it is not yet written policy– are fighting it. UPDATES: Democrats for Life in denial and Jill Stanek analyzes abortion supporters’ ire.
The HHS backpedaling began only after National Right to Life exposed the specific imminent abortion coverage in the HHS-managed PCIPs of Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and now Maryland. UPDATE: FactCheck.org agrees.
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