PENNSYLVANIA TO FUND ABORTION USING FEDERAL HEALTH CARE DOLLARS; YOEST: "REINFORCES NEED FOR
CONGRESS TO ACT IMMEDIATELY"
WASHINGTON, D.C. - (7/14/10) - The US Department of Health and Human Services has quietly approved a plan by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell to use federal taxpayer dollars to fund elective abortions through a new high-risk insurance pool that will cover people with pre-existing conditions.
“Pennsylvania’s taxpayer-funded abortion scandal is the latest evidence that the President’s Executive Order prohibiting taxpayer dollars for abortions is completely meaningless,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life Action. “This reinforces the need for Congress to act immediately. The only way to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not misused to fund abortions is for Congress to pass one of the two pending proposals that would codify the Hyde Amendment into the federal health care law.”
There are two bills that would do this – The Protect Life Act (HR 5111) introduced by Congressman Joe Pitts that would codify the original Stupak-Pitts language into the federal health care law or Congressman Chris Smith’s bill (soon to be introduced) that would institute a government-wide prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortions.
AUL Action is the legislative action arm of Americans United for Life.