Friday, September 11, 2009

Obama Mentions Abortion During Speech on Health Care Reform

NY Times: Check Point: Examining Obama's Assertions, by David M. Herszenhorn:

...Mr. Obama, in his speech, forcefully rejected contentions that the legislation would limit end-of-life care or even encourage euthanasia. Both of those claims are indeed false.

But his assertion that “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions” is not so clear-cut.

Abortion opponents say tax dollars could be used to subsidize insurance that could pay for abortion. The legislation approved in the House committees seeks to avoid this by requiring that only money from premiums paid by beneficiaries be used to cover abortion.

Existing restrictions on the use of federal money for abortion would remain in place, as Mr. Obama stated. But in practice, the public and private money would all go into the same pot, and the source of money for any single procedure is largely a technicality.

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