The National Right to Life organization came out Tuesday with a press release noting that the plan for high risk pools in Pennsylvania – mandated by Obamacare – would allow taxpayer funding of abortions for any reason except sex selection.
Examination of the detailed Pennsylvania plan, reveals that the "much more" will include insurance coverage of any legal abortion.
The section on abortion (see page 14) asserts that "elective abortions are not covered." However, that statement proves to be a red herring, because the operative language does not define "elective." Rather, the proposal specifies that the coverage "includes only abortions and contraceptives that satisfy the requirements of" several specific statutes, the most pertinent of which is 18 Pa. C.S. § 3204, which says that an abortion is legal in Pennsylvania (consistent with Roe v. Wade) if a single physician believes that it is "necessary" based on "all factors (physical, emotional, psychological, familial and the woman's age) relevant to the well-being of the woman." Indeed, the cited statute provides only a single circumstance in which an abortion prior to 24 weeks is NOT permitted under the Pennsylvania statute: "No abortion which is sought solely because of the sex of the unborn child shall be deemed a necessary abortion."
As a result, "Under the Rendell-Sebelius plan, federal funds will subsidize coverage of abortion performed for any reason, except sex selection," said NRLC's Johnson. "The Pennsylvania proposal conspicuously lacks language that would prevent funding of abortions performed as a method of birth control or for any other reason, except sex selection -- and the Obama Administration has now approved this." [emphasis in original]
ABC News’ Jake Tapper has the Obama administration and Pennsylvania officials on the record as denying this, but not very convincingly.
But Rosanne Placey of the Pennsylvania Insurance Department disputed that. Placey said the language in the solicitation was just “a placeholder” and that “the bottom line is we will abide by all federal regulations,” which means “someone couldn’t come in and get an abortion on demand.”
The infamous “placeholder” text. And is an executive order that runs counter to the plain text of the law a “federal regulation” that will be followed?
Oh, it gets better. New Mexico too is offering taxpayer-subsidized abortions (via The Corner). Here's the "Summary of Benefits and Plan Options" for the New Mexico high-risk pool. Scroll down to the second page and voila!
Elective termination of pregnancy – and the taxpayer pays 80 percent.