One thing is for sure: the Senate health care bill is definitely not good for your health on a basic level. Trying to figure it out and wading through it gets your heart rate up in an anxious sort of way and is very frustrating! I printed off four out of the 2,076 pages of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” H.R. 3590 (which is approximately .2% of the whole project) so I could see for myself where abortion is allowed. Let me tell you: I can barely understand what I’m reading! I’d need to bring in a lawyer, so I am relying on help from reliable sources such as the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC).
In a memorandum from NRLC on February 24, they stress the point that H.R. 3590 “will allow direct federal funding of abortion, without restriction, in about 1,250 Community Health Centers.” This can be found in the Manager’s Amendment, which was tacked onto the end of H.R. 3590. CHC’s can legally perform abortions, and since this amendment would allow federal monies to be funneled to CHC’s, they would essentially be funding abortion. In addition, President Obama has shown no scruples in regard to this matter, and even wants to increase the $7 million appropriated to $11 million. To read the entire NRLC memorandum, please visit this link: http://www.nrlc.org/AHC/NRLCMemoCommHealth.html
The ACLJ has also been especially helpful in clarifying H.R. 3590 and the goings-on of the Congress and White House. Almost every evening I listen to their half-hour radio broadcast, led by their Chief Counsel, Jay Sekulow, and his son, Jordan. On February 23, the ACLJ provided a legal analysis of the bill: http://www.aclj.org/media/pdf/ACLJ_PresidentsProposalexpandedabortion_20100224.pdf One troubling fact that they have presented is that Planned Parenthood will be allowed to run clinics in the public schools. Even though Planned Parenthood could not perform abortions at the schools themselves, nothing prohibits them from referring students to get abortions or to seek “counsel” at freestanding Planned Parenthood clinics.
In short, the entire bill needs to be killed. Democrat Representative Bart Stupak has continued to stand by his pro-life principles, acknowledging that he and at least 11 other Democrats “are willing to kill President Obama’s health care overhaul over abortion language.” (See Fox News coverage: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/03/04/dems-wary-obamas-final-health-push/) While the Stupak Amendment in the House health care bill is not completely pro-life, it seeks to limit the funding of the majority of abortions and is the best we have at the moment. We need to stand behind Rep. Stupak, whether we are Republican or Democrat, and help him kill the bill, not the babies.