Stupak statement on federal abortion funding 

The congressman’s written statement on allegations that Obamacare has started funding abortions:

“This is the latest example of some right to life groups politicizing life issues in an effort to undermine health care reform.  The President’s Executive Order makes clear that federal funds may not be used for abortion under the Affordable Care Act – including the pre-existing condition insurance pools currently being implemented in Pennsylvania and states across the country.  In accordance with the Executive Order, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has directed states that federal funds provided under health care reform may not be used to fund abortion.  HHS has reiterated this policy in response to the current accusations from the National Right to Life Committee.  While these recycled scare tactics may make for good headlines, we should not lose sight of the fact that tens of thousands of individuals across the nation who have been denied coverage by health insurance companies due to pre-existing conditions will for the first time have access to affordable health insurance.  We need to take a whole life approach to health care which looks out for those who are out of the womb as well as those in the womb.”

That’s the long-form way of saying, “no it doesn’t.” And there do seem to be a lot of facts in controversy, but not this one: The executive order that Stupak settled for in the health care bill does not cover high-risk pools:

To placate anti-abortion Democrats, President Obama signed an executive order barring use of federal funds to cover abortions in health insurance exchanges. That order does not apply to the high-risk pools.

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