Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

[W]hen a woman simply gets pregnant unintentionally and decides this is not a good time for her to bear and care for a child — there is no tragedy [in her having an abortion]. The ability to enjoy healthy sexuality without risking a pregnancy that could derail her education or career, the development or exercise of the gifts God has given her, is a blessing.

–The Rev. Katharine Ragsdale, president and dean of Episcopal Divinity School in Massachusetts

(Via MCJ; check out Chris Johnson’s evisceration of the complete speech)


That’s irony, y’all. The truth is that despite the repeated declarations that the health care reform bill would not result in federal funding of abortion, it turns out that this is one of those things we had to pass the bill to find out about. According to LifeNews:

The Obama administration has officially approved the first instance of taxpayer funded abortions under the new national government-run health care program. This is the kind of abortion funding the pro-life movement warned the kind of abortion funding the pro-life movement warned about when Congress considered the bill.

The Obama Administration will give Pennsylvania $160 million to set up a new “high-risk” insurance program under a provision of the federal health care legislation enacted in March.

It has quietly approved a plan submitted by an appointee of pro-abortion Governor Edward Rendell under which the new program will cover any abortion that is legal in Pennsylvania.

The proposal specifies coverage “includes only abortions and contraceptives that satisfy the requirements of” several specific statutes, the most pertinent of which is 18 Pa. C.S. ยง 3204, which says abortion is legal in Pennsylvania. The statutes essentially says all abortions except those to determine the sex of the baby are legal.

I’m sure Bart Stupak and his friends will think of a way to explain this away.