AUL - Dahlkemper Misleading on Abortion




WASHINGTON, DC - 10/7/2010 - "Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper voted for the largest expansion of taxpayer-funded abortion in American history," said Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life Action. "What's worse, she voted against it before she voted for it and now hopes voters don't know the difference."



Dahlkemper’s effort to mislead voters in the 3rd District of Pennsylvania is clearly an attempt to drown out the issue of her record.

In the interest of full disclosure, Americans United for Life Action is immediately releasing a detailed, line-by-line analysis of our radio ad that demonstrates that every fact and assertion is absolutely true. When voters get the facts on her vote in support of taxpayer-funded abortion, they will understand why she wants the ad taken down. Click here to hear the ad.

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

America’s First Principles.

The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.

Today, restoring First Principles is more important than ever.

When our Founding Fathers said all Men are created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable Rights, the first one they listed was Life.

The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.

Life counts. And it should be protected.

Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper voted for taxpayer-funded abortions in NANCY PELOSI'S health care bill.

Vote on H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, without language that would prohibit taxpayer funding for abortion. 111th Congress, 2nd Session, Roll Call vote 165, 3/21/2010, available at

Kathy Dahlkemper says she shares our values when she’s running for re-election here at home, but in Washington she votes for the largest expansion of taxpayer funded abortions ever.

The Affordable Care Act uses federal tax dollars to subsidize insurance plans that cover abortions, which is equivalent to directly paying for the abortions (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Pub. L. No. 111-148, 124 Stat. 119, 896 (Mar. 23, 2010), available at

Section 1303 of Title I, Subtitle D of the Affordable Care Act provides that Qualified Health Plans may provide abortion coverage to enrollees. While the section creates an accounting mechanism designed to prevent federal subsidies from being used to directly pay for abortions through QHPs, this provision is a departure from the status quo on abortion funding – the Hyde Amendment and other federal programs, such as the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), prohibit federal subsidies from supporting insurance plans that cover abortions, regardless of whether the federal dollars are used to directly pay for abortions.

Also, The Affordable Care Act’s limited restriction on the use of federal tax dollars to directly pay for abortions under Section 1303 does not apply to any other funds authorized and/or appropriated in the Act; this failure to comprehensively prohibit the use of federal tax dollars for abortions allows the largest expansion of federal funding of abortion ever.

For example, the Congressional Research Service stated that “[a]bortion restrictions included in section 1303 of [The Affordable Care Act] . . . would not appear to apply specifically to the funds made available for high risk pools. . . .” (See Memorandum from Cong. Research Service to S. Comm. on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, High Risk Pools Under PPACA and the Coverage of Elective Abortion Services, p. 1 (July 23, 2010), available at

The CRS was clearly right because, after passage of the Act, the Department of Health and Human Services approved state proposals to create high risk pools that included the use of federal tax dollars for abortion coverage. It was not until pro-life groups protested that the Administration agreed to draft regulations prohibiting the use of these funds for abortions (See; This controversy demonstrates how the Affordable Care Act permits taxpayer funding for abortion.

While one particular loophole (the use of high risk pool funds for abortions) is being corrected, there are numerous other loopholes that could lead to direct taxpayer funding for abortions, such as the section creating multi-state qualified health plans (Section 1334(a)(6)), which only requires that one multi-State plan in an Exchange not cover abortions, and Section 10221 which prohibits abortion funding and coverage under the Indian Health Care Improvement Act so long as the annual appropriations bill for the Indian Health Service includes a prohibition on abortion funding and coverage (this could be changed annually).

The life of an innocent child may not matter to Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper, but here in Pennsylvania, life counts and Congresswoman Dahlkemper’s vote has consequences.


Kathy Dahlkemper BETRAYED OUR TRUST. It’s time to send someone to Washington who shares our values, not Nancy Pelosi’s.


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