Nancy Pelosi has taken hyperbolic statements to a new level today with this sound bite.
For Democrats, preventing federal funding from being used to pay for abortions, something specifically refuted as a possibility during the healthcare reform debates, will produce this result.
The House is scheduled to vote this week on a new bill that would allow federally-funded hospitals that oppose abortions to refuse to perform the procedure, even in cases where a woman would die without it.
This would be news to the sponsors of the amendment since it very clearly states that the opposite is true:
Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced last week that the Protect Life Act, H.R. 358, will be considered in the House of Representatives on Thursday. The measure would amend President Obama’s Affordable Care Act to reflect the Hyde amendment by prohibiting taxpayer dollars from funding any health plan that includes coverage of elective abortions. The measure retains Hyde’s exception for abortions performed due to the child’s conception in rape or incest or to save the mother’s life.
So then what is the left screaming about? Well in fact they are simply furious that anyone is allowed to be religiously exempt from being forced to train in or perform abortions.
The pro-life measure also ensures that state laws “protecting conscience rights, restricting or prohibiting abortion or coverage or funding of abortion, or establishing procedural requirements on abortion” are not abrogated by Obamacare. It also makes it so any state or local governments receiving funding under Obamacare may not subject any health care entity to discrimination or require any health plan to subject any entity to discrimination on the basis that it refuses to undergo abortion training, refuses to require abortion training, refuses to perform or pay for abortions, or refuses to provide abortion referrals.
In the world of Democrats, having state rights remain intact despite Obamacare, and affording religious groups the right to not murder babies against their will, has become synonymous with leaving dying women on the floor.
And all this because of a provision that will force Obamacare to not do exactly what we were told over and over it wouldn't do: provide federal assistance for abortions.
Have no fear liberals. In the great spirit of bi-partisanship and compromise, President Obama has already assured us that he will veto the bill.