National Right to Life responds to president Obama’s address tonight:
In his address to a joint session of Congress tonight, President Obama said, “One more misunderstanding I want to clear up — under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions.”
Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee, commented: “Barack Obama needs to learn that the mere repetition of a verbal formula does not change reality. The reality is that the Obama-backed House bill would explicitly authorize the federal government insurance plan to pay for elective abortions and would explicitly authorize subsidies for private abortion insurance — and all with federal dollars, which are the only kind of dollars that the federal government can spend.”
For more on this see also NRL’s very thorough explanation of just how the proposed health care bills can, and most likely will, be interpreted to allow for abortion coverage unless language is written into the bills that specifically excludes abortion as a benefit. And check out their rebuttal of the “private funds” myth and explanation why the Hyde Amendment won’t prevent abortion funding.