- Truth: These is no text in the ObamaCare proposal that "permits" abortion. The proposed bill is completely silent on abortion.
- Truth: The Hyde amendment, which is widely understood to prohibit federal funding of abortion, only prohibits funding of abortions through Medicaid.
- Truth: The Stupak-Pitts amendment is a proposal to disallow ObamaCare funds to subsidize abortion. Stupak-Pitts was defeated in committee 31 nay, 27 yea.
- Truth: The Capps amendment, passed by the Energy and Commerce Committee, will allow the secretary of HHS to provide abortion coverage through the "public plan" AND requires that people on taxpayer-subsidized insurance plans in the federal exchange to have access to a plan that covers elective abortions.
When politicians such as House Rules Committee Chairwoman Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) says, when asked about ObamaCare permitting abortion,
...to my knowledge there is nothing that specifies abortion to be allowed--as a matter of fact federal funds cannot be used to provide for abortion--under the Hyde Amendment[*] that's been in place for a very long time."
She is either ignorant of the controversy within the relevant house committees or simply disengenuous. As a matter of fact, I believe in the latter. Why? Because what she says is technically the truth. ObamaCare is silent on abortion funding. This is a line of argument that is deeply dishonest.