Sunday, January 16, 2011

Report: Not Enough Abortions - ObamaCare the Answer

Friday's report on “reproductive rights” by the abortion advocacy group NARAL Pro-Choice America, which criticizes most state governments for restricting abortion, precedes abortionists' “full court press” to preserve tax-payer-funded abortion in ObamaCare.

UPDATE 10/1/13: Taxpayers Fund Abortions, ObamaCare Pays Abortionists

UPDATE 3/3/12: To Cut Costs, ObamaCare will Lower Birth Rate, Says White House

-- From "NARAL Report Gives America D Grade For Limiting Abortions" by Steven Ertelt, 1/14/11

A prominent abortion advocacy group released a state-by-state report on the status of state laws on abortion heading into the 2011 legislative session, and it says America deserves a D grade for limiting abortions too much.

The report comes as state legislatures are expected to add a significant number of new abortion limits, with some stopping the abortion funding in the state exchanges created under Obamacare, others following Nebraska to ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy based on fetal pain, and others passing more traditional pro-life legislation such as unborn victims bills or parental notification measures.

“It is clear that the results of the 2010 elections could pose serious threats to the progress we celebrated in previous years’ reports,” NARAL president Nancy Keenan complained. “Some of our key pro-choice champions in Congress and in the states are not returning to their positions.”

The report, titled The Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States, is a “report card” grading the states and NARAL gives its top marks to California and Washington, which aggressively fund abortions and the Planned Parenthood abortion business with taxpayer dollars. They received A+ grades while Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, and Oregon received A grades from the pro-abortion group.

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For a series of articles about advancement of myriad state laws restricting abortions, CLICK HERE and follow links.

From "Abortion Lobby Gives America a ‘D’ Grade for ‘Reproductive Rights’" by Penny Starr, 1/14/11

The report methodology explains that the nationwide score is based on both state restrictions and federal “anti-choice” laws, such as the Federal Abortion Ban, signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2003; the Federal Refusal Clause of the 2004 Abortion Non-Discrimination Act that protects health professionals who are opposed to abortion; and restrictions on abortions for women in the U.S. military.

The 109-page report’s “key findings” section shows what NARAL considers the increase of “anti-choice” laws that have been enacted over the years. In 1995 (the earliest year reported) there were 18 “anti-choice” measures enacted. In 2010 (the last year reported), there were 644 measures enacted nationwide.

The states receiving an “F” in the report are Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

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From "Healthcare repeal effort will bring abortion debate to the forefront" by Julian Pecquet, The Hill 01/15/11

The House is scheduled to vote on a repeal bill [of ObamaCare] next week, after a one-week hiatus following last weekend's shooting in Tucson that left six people dead and gravely injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have since called for the political rhetoric to be toned down, but a looming showdown over abortion may make that especially difficult.

If anything, the issue may have become even more divisive over the past week after the pro-abortion rights Guttmacher Institute released a report saying a steady decline in U.S. abortions between 1990 and 2005 appears to have stalled . . .

The abortion issue is almost certain to come up as the House takes up the repeal bill because lawmakers will also vote to adopt a resolution instructing congressional committees to draft replacement legislation. That resolution specifies that the effort should include "provisions that ... prohibit taxpayer funding of abortions and provide conscience protections for health care providers."

“It seems clear to us that the new House leadership is threatening a whole series of attacks on reproductive rights, to begin next week,” NARAL Pro-Choice Policy Director Donna Crane told The Hill.

After repeal [of ObamaCare], the anti-abortion rights group has two top priorities related to the healthcare law.

One is a prohibition on taxpayer support for abortion providers under Title X family planning grants. The legislation, introduced Jan. 7 by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), targets Planned Parenthood; defeating it is a top priority for NARAL. The bill would “cripple family planning services - not necessarily abortion services but contraceptive services in this country,” Crane said.

[The] other priority is a multi-pronged abortion funding ban sponsored by Reps. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.). The legislation [HR 5939] was introduced last year but has not been introduced so far this year.

The bill incorporates an amendment, sponsored by Reps. Joe Pitts (R-Penn.) and Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) during the reform debate, prohibiting federal funds from being used “to pay for any abortion or to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion.”

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