Obamacare’s Porous Protections Against Funding Elective Abortion

Rep. Doug Lamborn /

As states roll out their newly mandated high-risk pools under ObamaCare, a troubling trend is emerging.  Pennsylvania and Maryland released documents on their state websites earlier this summer that implied their plans would cover elective abortions.  Additionally, New Mexico posted a draft summary of its high-risk pool services that listed elective abortion as among its covered services.

The initial reaction from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the White House was complete silence.  It was not until the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) called out those states that a spokesperson for HHS announced on July 14 that abortions will not be covered in the federally funded high-risk pools, except in the cases of rape or incest, or where the life of the mother would be endangered. It’s entirely possible that had NRLC not blown the whistle, HHS could have let states get by with federal funding of abortion. (more…)