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The President’s Executive Order on Taxpayer-Funded Abortions – Not Worth the Paper it was Secretly Written on

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Washington, July 14, 2010 | comments
In his own words, President Obama pledged that under his health care plan “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.” This was all part of an 11th hour deal to round up enough votes to get the bill passed. The last-minute deal was a promise that after the health care bill passed, Obama would sign an Executive Order affirming that it would not result in any government funding for abortions. A couple days later, the President went behind closed doors (no press allowed) and signed this document which was called meaningless by the pro-life community.
Now, fast forward to the present day. The Obama Administration has officially approved the first instance of taxpayer-funded abortions under the new national government-run health care program.

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is providing $160 million to the State of Pennsylvania to set up a new high-risk insurance pool program that will include plans that have access to abortions, as part of a larger $5 billion commitment of taxpayer funds that will include abortion coverage for over 400,000 people nationwide.

This proves that the President’s Executive Order wasn’t worth the paper it was secretly written on.

When the health care bill initially passed in the House, Michigan Democrat Congressman Bart Stupak offered an amendment, which used the force of law to deny the use of federal funds for abortions in the legislation. This measure had real teeth. Rather than holding firm to his principles on the issue of protecting the unborn in the health care bill, Stupak walked away from his own amendment and cut a “deal” with the President.

The only way to truly prevent taxpayer funding of abortions is to enact a law that prevents any taxpayer funding from being used to perform abortions. The health care bill, now signed into law, does not meet that standard, and it’s clear now that the law provided more than enough flexibility for tax dollars to be used to enable abortions.

On May 11, 2010, in a letter to Democratic and Republican congressional leaders on implementation of the new law, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote, “States may choose whether and how they participate in the program, which is funded entirely by the federal government.” Essentially, her statement leaves the door wide open for States to decide whether or not to use taxpayer dollars to fund abortions.

What pro-life advocates were warning in the past is now a reality, as we are witnessing the beginning of taxpayer-subsidized plans offering abortion services. Regardless of your position on abortion, this is not what the President led the American people to believe.

As an obstetrician and gynecologist, I’ve delivered close to 5,000 babies and I strongly support the sanctity of life. I have looked through that window with my own eyes. I have seen human development occur from the earliest stages of a fetus all the way through birth, which strengthens my conviction in the right to life.

Life is a precious miracle from God. It’s our responsibility and privilege as legislators to protect those who do not have a voice. I will always fight for the right to life because it is my conviction that we are all unique creations on this earth.
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