FRC Urges Health Advisory Panel to Oppose Mandates for Abortion or Contraceptives in Obamacare

November 17, 2010

WASHINGTON (MetroCatholic) — Jeanne Monahan, director of Family Research Council’s Center for Human Dignity, will speak today before the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Preventive Services for Women and call for the exclusion of abortion or contraceptives in the new health care law and thereby to the conscience rights of all Americans.

In her statement, Monahan will offer the following comments:

“The committee should not recommend the inclusion of abortion as a means of preventing pregnancy. FRC rejects any suggestion that ‘abortion is healthcare’ or that pregnancy is a disease. Including abortion, whether medical or surgical, as a mandated, free-of-charge preventive care service would further expand abortion in the health care law and undermine the conscience rights of many in the health care profession.

“Family Research Council also urges the Institutes of Medicine and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to exclude contraceptives and protect the conscience rights of health insurers, providers and participants who object to contraceptives. Fertility, like pregnancy, is not a disease.

“By their very nature, contraceptive services are elective and not medically necessary. They should not be placed in the same category as other basic types of medical care. Additionally, several drugs that have been approved by the FDA to be categorized legally as ‘emergency contraceptives’ can destroy a pre-born baby before and after implantation.

“Any mandates on abortion coverage would expand taxpayer funding for abortion, and inclusion of contraceptives would undermine conscience protections that President Obama promised would be maintained,” Monahan concluded.

FRC: Even After Voters Reject His Agenda, President Obama Still Doesn’t Get It

November 3, 2010

WASHINGTON, (MetroCatholic) — Family Research Council President Tony Perkins reacts to comments President Barack Obama made at a press conference today calling for revoking the current policy on homosexuals serving openly in the military, commonly referred to as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

“Last night millions of Americans went to the polls to express their strong disagreement with the change President Obama has brought to Washington . Out of control spending, government takeovers of health care and other private enterprise and an allegiance to a pro-abortion/anti-family coalition are all issues the American people said ‘Enough!’ to last night.

“When it comes to the homosexual agenda, the American people could not be clearer. The flipping of at least six state legislatures, the defeat of three justices in Iowa who imposed same-sex ‘marriage’ and the defeat of the House Member leading the charge to overturn the current military policy are all examples of how the American people have grown tired of the Democratic Party’s adherence to an anti-family coalition.

“I agree with the President that Congress should wait for the coming report from the military on changing the current policy. However, that does not mean Congress should rubber stamp any study. The study itself is likely to have problems, and the next natural step would be to have the new 112th Congress hold hearings on the issue.

“The arrogance of the President and his allies in Congress, many of whom will not return in the new Congress, to force such a drastic change on our military in the middle of fighting two wars is disrespectful of our troops, and should not be tolerated.”

FRC Praises Senator Coburn’s Senate Companion Bill to Remove Abortion from Obama Health Care Law

August 6, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC  (MetroCatholic) - Family Research Council praised legislation introduced today by U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) that would apply the Hyde amendment abortion funding restriction to the new health care law which currently can fund and subsidize abortion.

The new health care law sends tax credits to pay for plans with abortion, thereby bypassing the annual Hyde amendment, and directly spends federal dollars on programs without any abortion funding restrictions. The “Excluding Abortion Coverage from Health Reform Act of 2010″ would, like U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts’s measure in the House of Representatives, restore the historic ban on federal funding of abortion in health care.

Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins made the following comments:

“President Obama’s new health care law destroys the traditional provision against federal funding for abortion. I applaud Sen. Coburn for introducing legislation that would put in place an abortion funding ban within the President’s new health care plan. The American people, regardless of their view of the underlying issue, should not be forced to pay for someone’s abortion. Sen. Coburn’s bill would protect the American taxpayer and restore the longtime prohibition against government funding of elective abortion.

“On Tuesday, Missouri voters stated emphatically their opposition to the individual mandate within the health care law. The outrage of voters spread even further after the Health and Human Services Department recently agreed to fund abortion in several state high risk insurance pool programs. HHS reversed course only after its approval of abortion funding was exposed, demonstrating that current law does not prevent abortion funding.

“Passing Sen. Coburn’s bill is the only way to restore the status quo on abortion funding in health care. If the Obama Administration is honest when it says it will not fund abortion, then the Coburn/Pitts measures should be passed with resounding support,” concluded Perkins.

Senate Approval of Mikulski Amendment Further Opens Health Care Bill to Massive Federal Funding of Abortion

December 4, 2009

frcWASHINGTON (MetroCatholic) - Family Research Council President Tony Perkins responded today to the U.S. Senate’s approval of an amendment authored by U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) to authorize the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to include abortion as “preventive care” in their guidelines. If HRSA decides to include abortion in its guidelines, then all group and individual health plans will be required by law to cover abortion.

“Sadly, the Senate voted today to further mandate inclusion of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest network of abortion, in a national health care scheme,” said FRC President Tony Perkins. “This is a breach of faith with the American people, roughly 70 percent of whom oppose federally-funded or subsidized abortion.

“Last July, U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) queried Sen. Mikulski on a similarly deceptively worded amendment to ensure that Planned Parenthood’s clinics, 295 of which perform abortions and all of which actively promote and refer for them (http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/abortion-services-abortion-referrals-25993.htm), are included in the bill’s definition of community health services. When pressed, she admitted that her language would force health insurance companies to contract with abortion groups like Planned Parenthood. (see transcript below.)

“Because today’s bill as written has no exclusion for abortion in its language, there is no doubt that Sen. Mikulski’s amendment opens the floodgates to massive public underwriting of abortion, a position Planned Parenthood has always favored. Without the adoption of ‘Stupak-Pitts’ amendment language in the Senate version of the bill, it’s now very clear that taxpayers will be forced to pay for abortions,” added Perkins.

“Family Research Council applauds U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) for opposing the Mikulski amendment and working with his pro-life Democratic House colleagues to protect the right of Americans not to be compelled to fund abortion,” concluded Perkins.

July 9, 2009 transcript of Senator Orrin Hatch’s exchange with Senator Barbara Mikulski:

HATCH: “…Would this include abortion providers? I mean, it looks to me like you’re expanding it to… for instance, Planned Parenthood. Would that put them into this system?”

MIKULSKI: “It would include women’s health clinics that provide comprehensive services and under the definition of a woman’s health clinic, it would include, uh, it would include, uh, Planned, uh, Parenthood clinics. It would, um, it does not expand in any way expand a service. In other words, it does not expand, um, uh, or mandate abortion service.”

HATCH: “No, but it would provide for them.”

MIKULSKI: “It would provide for any service deemed medically necessary or medically appropriate.”

HATCH: “Well, I would have a rough time supporting it on that basis. I just wanted to get that clarified. Thank you.”

Later…

HATCH: “Madam Chairman, would you be willing to put some language in [about] not including abortion services? Then I think you would have more support.”

MIKULSKI: “…No, I would not, uh, be willing to do that at this time.”

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