Political Advocacy Tracker is a roundup of what Christian activist organizations have been talking about the past week.
Keystone State Debate
The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) reported that the federal government's new high-risk health insurance program "will cover any abortion that is legal in Pennsylvania." Several political activist groups responded to the report by calling President Obama a "liar" because he and pro-life Democrats promised abortion would not be funded under the law.
"This is just the first proof of the phoniness of President Obama's assurances that federal funds would not subsidize abortion—but it will not be the last," said Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the NRLC.
Other groups also reported on the new plan. Catherine Snow of Citizenlink said "the Obama Administration is now quietly subsidizing nearly all forms of abortions in Pennsylvania, according to a recently uncovered plan—referred to as the 'Rendell-Sebelius plan'—designed to circumvent public scrutiny and Obama's executive order."
"Never have we so regretted being right on an issue," said Family Research Council (FRC) senior vice-president Tom McClusky. "For our efforts to remove the [health care] bill's abortion funding, we were called 'deceivers' by President Obama and 'liars' by his allies. Now we know who the true deceivers and liars really are." McClusky called on the President to apologize and for the healthcare bill to be repealed.
But, does the Pennsylvania program actually fund abortion? Faith in Public Life has issued its fact-check of the plan. The conclusion: abortion will not be funded as part of the program.
"Rather than checking the facts, National Right to Life Committee, Family Research Council ...