HHS Statement on Abortion Funding

The Department of Health and Human Services has released the following statement regarding allegations that newly approved Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans would cover abortions:

As is the case with FEHB plans currently, and with the Affordable Care Act and the President’s related Executive Order more generally, in Pennsylvania and in all other states abortions will not be covered in the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) except in the cases of rape or incest, or where the life of the woman would be endangered.

Our policy is the same for both state and federally-run PCIP programs. We will reiterate this policy in guidance to those running the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan at both the state and federal levels. The contracts to operate the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan include a requirement to follow all federal laws and guidance.

I think pro-lifers are right to be suspicious about whether federal funding does end up going to pay for abortions under ObamaCare (the analogy I would draw here is to the recent Arizona immigration law; the law explicitly prohibits racial profiling, yet that doesn’t mean it’s unreasonable to be concerned that the law will in fact lead to racial profiling). At the same time, pro-lifers should avoid getting caught in a situation where they are seen as crying wolf, which may make it more difficult to expose real abuses of the law if and when they do occur. Based on the HHS statement, I have to say that, for the moment at least, one cannot say that abortions are going to be funded under the Pennsylvania program except in the categories allowed for by the Hyde Amendment.

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