This week, I met with Melody Barnes, Tina Tchen, and Joshua DuBois, senior White House officials. I called on the White House to clarify President Obama’s recent statement of support for keeping abortion funding out of health care reform.
The White House unfortunately remained noncommittal on explicit language excluding abortion from the health care bill.
After the meeting, I remain deeply concerned about abortion funding and the abortion mandate in health care reform. Ms. Barnes reiterated the President’s statement about opposing abortion funding in his address before Congress last week, but the White House would not commit to language that explicitly excludes abortion from health care reform. The reality on Capitol Hill right now is that the health care bills do include abortion funding.
Without a specific statutory amendment that includes an explicit ban on federal funding and coverage, taxpayers will be paying for abortion. Including abortion in health care is something I know the entire pro-life movement opposes vigorously.
In our meeting, I provided the White House with a brief from Americans United for Life that documents why anything less than a ban on abortion funding and coverage will allow government-funded abortion.
I also delivered a petition with more than 39,000 signatures from Americans urging President Obama to veto any bill that does not specifically forbid mandating insurance companies to cover abortion. The petition also urges the President to veto any bill that could make taxpayers responsible for directly or indirectly paying for abortion.