Barack Obama denies that health care reform legislation as it stands would result in funding for abortions. But, for the sake of argument, let’s accept the contention of Douglas Johnson of National Right to Life Committee that it would cover abortions:
“The Obama-backed legislation makes it explicitly clear that no citizen would be allowed to enroll in the government plan unless he or she is willing to give the federal agency an extra amount calculated to cover the cost of all elective abortions — this would not be optional,” Johnson told LifeNews.com. “The abortionists would bill the federal government and would be paid by the federal government. These are public funds, and this is government funding of abortion.”
The Senate, as have the House committee’s considering the bill, have all rejected every amendment offered by pro-life advocates to stop any abortion funding or insurance mandates for abortions in the bill.
If the government plan in whatever form it exists covers abortion, what would you do if you were pro-life and that plan ended up being the one you had to join through your employer or through lack of any other plan (assuming an individual mandate were in place)? Do you join it or refuse to do so, thus going without coverage of any kind and having to pay the punitive tax?
UPDATE: Factcheck.org says Obama is wrong about funding abortion.
“Obama has said in the past that ‘reproductive services’ would be covered by his public plan, so it’s likely that any new federal insurance plan would cover abortion unless Congress expressly prohibits that,” FactCheck adds.