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Pelosi Doesn't Tell the Truth About Taxpayer-Funding of Abortion in Health Bill

5:48 PM, Feb 25, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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During her closing remarks--at which point Republicans didn't have a chance to respond--Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said that John Boehner had misinformed viewers today when he said that there's public funding of abortion in the health care bill:

Leader Boehner, the law of the land is there is no public funding of abortion, and there is no public funding of abortion in these bills. And I don't want our listeners or viewers to get the wrong impression from what you said.

The "law of the land" that bans public funding of abortion, known as the Hyde amendment, would not apply to the health care legislation.

There are three different provisions in the Senate/Obama plan to provide public funding of abortion.

Pelosi and Obama have long said that language like Ben Nelson's amendment to pay for abortions with money collected from individual premiums rather than federal subsidies effectively bans public funding of abortion. Bart Stupak and other pro-life Democrats dismiss this amendment as a bookkeeping scheme.

And the bill indisputably provides direct federal funding of abortions on Indian reservations and at community health centers.

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