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New health care law raises questions on abortions

USA Today, July 15, 2010

 

Abortion opponents are warning that abortions will be covered in some new government health care programs for people who have been denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions, despite an order signed by President Obama forbidding the use of federal money for the procedure. The order, signed by Obama in March in an effort to win enough votes to pass sweeping health care legislation, is "a sham," says House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio. The National Right to Life Committee is citing language on government websites in two states — Pennsylvania and New Mexico— suggesting that new federally funded high-risk insurance pools for patients with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes will cover "elective" abortions for residents of those states.