Obamacare and the Abortion Mandate

Olivia Offner
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Posted: Jul 22, 2009 12:15 PM
Pro-life groups are taking sharp aim at the already troubled Obamacare this week. The groups, which include Focus on the Family, are insisting that the current health care proposal amounts to a stealth abortion mandate, and are fighting against any taxpayer funding of abortion. Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, the group sponsoring the "Stop the Abortion Mandate" campaign, says:
Almost no one wants to fund abortion, regardless of their position on abortion as a whole.
A few weeks ago, 19 pro-life House Democrats, including John Murtha of PA, wrote a letter to Speaker Pelosi warning that:
Without an explicit exclusion, abortion could be included in the a government subsidized heath care plan under general health care.
These pro-life Democrats insisted they would oppose any attempt at health care reform that would "directly or indirectly" provide coverage for abortions.

President Obama will be discussing health care in a a prime time network address this evening, (his fourth since taking office) but he will most likely avoid the abortion issue.