U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI) released the following statement rejecting claims that Pennsylvania's pre-existing condition insurance pools established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act allow for federal funding of abortion:
"This is the latest example of some right to life groups politicizing life issues in an effort to undermine health care reform. The President's Executive Order makes clear that federal funds may not be used for abortion under the Affordable Care Act -- including the pre-existing condition insurance pools currently being implemented in Pennsylvania and states across the country. In accordance with the Executive Order, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has directed states that federal funds provided under health care reform may not be used to fund abortion. HHS has reiterated this policy in response to the current accusations from the National Right to Life Committee. While these recycled scare tactics may make for good headlines, we should not lose sight of the fact that tens of thousands of individuals across the nation who have been denied coverage by health insurance companies due to pre-existing conditions will for the first time have access to affordable health insurance. We need to take a whole life approach to health care which looks out for those who are out of the womb as well as those in the womb."
For a copy of the official statement put out by the Department of Health & Human Services regarding federal funding of abortion for pre-existing condition insurance plans, please visit http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/07/20100714d.html