Bearing False Witness on Abortion and Health Care Reform

The other day, the President was speaking by a telephone conference call to a group of religious leaders, to drum up support for his health care plan.  Oddly enough, none of the “religious leaders” was a Catholic bishop.  In any event, during the call, the President made an astonishing statement:

“I know there’s been a lot of misinformation in this debate, and there are some folks out there who are frankly bearing false witness… You’ve heard that this is all going to mean government funding of abortion. Not true. These are all fabrications that have been put out there in order to discourage people from meeting what I consider to be a core ethical and moral obligation — and that is that we look out for one another, that I am my brother’s keeper and I am my sister’s keeper. And on the wealthiest nation on earth right now, we are neglecting to live up to that call.”

Astonishing on many levels.  It is probably unprecedented for the President of the United States to invoke the Eighth Commandment in order to call Bishops of the Catholic Church liars.  Nice way to work for “common ground”, Mr. President.  Stay classy.

It’s also a display of amazing chutzpah for him to speak of our duty to be “my brother’s keeper” — this, from a man who has no problem with the legal dismemberment, scalding, or poisoning of his unborn “brothers” and “sisters”.

But the thing that really gets me is that the President, who is such a smart man, has such a poor understanding of what’s in the various health care bills, or that his staff has failed to explain them to him.

Let’s be very, very clear about something.  Our bishops aren’t “bearing false witness”.  Far from it.  There is no doubt that the various health care bills will require federal funding for abortion.  Here’s how:

  • All of the bills define the services that must be included in health insurance plans in terms that have been interpreted by the courts to include abortion, such as “outpatient services”, “family planning”, “physicians’ services”, “preventive services”, etc.
  • The House bill was amended to specifically authorize at least one federally-subsidized insurance plan in every area of the country to cover abortion.
  • Under the House bill, federal subsidies will go to private insurance plans that cover abortion.  That means that federal funds — our tax dollars — will be laundered through insurance plans and delivered into the hands of abortionists.
  • Each of the bills would give the Secretary of Health and Human Services the authority to define what kind of services would be included in the benefits that a private insurance plan must provide.  Given the 100% anti-life position of the current Administration, there is little doubt that abortion would be included among those benefits.
  • The bills require health insurance plans to contract with “community provider” organizations to provide health care services — including Temple of Moloch, er, I mean Planned Parenthood.  If you pay Planned Parenthood to provide “health care services”, you are giving money to the most prolific destroyer of children in the United States.
  • The Hyde Amendment, which limits the federal funding for abortion, does not apply to the pending health insurance reform plans, so each bill has to be specifically amended to exclude abortion coverage and payments.  Yet every attempt so far by pro-lifers to amend the bills to exclude abortion have been defeated.

This all really should not be a surprise to us.  In 2007, the President told the Temple of Moloch, er, I mean Planned Parenthood, that he would ensure that the government-run health insurance plan would cover — that is, pay for — abortions.  Surely he remembers his own words.  If you want to hear them come out of his own mouth, they’re available for view on YouTube.

The worst thing about the President’s and Congress’ approach to health care is that they treat abortion just like any other kind of medical procedure.  Of course, all of those other services are aimed at saving life.  Only abortion is aimed at killing.

Ironic that the President chose to refer to the Commandment about bearing false witness.  He must have forgotten about that other one that forbids us to kill.

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