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   NEWS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                October 28, 2004

Medicaid abortions


BUSH’S ABORTION FUNDING, cont’d:

Part 2 of 3-part report:
Funding for selected Medicaid abortions


Follow-up to October 9 “Bush’s abortion fundingreport:

Part 2 of 3-part report:
Funding for selected Medicaid abortions is

    REQUIRED in HHS Appropriations bills – or else states threatened by federal government with loss of other Medicaid funds; thanks to votes of Republican-majority Congress, and signature of President Bush

[Part 1 is Title X (ten) funding; Part 3 is Planned Parenthood funding]

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The Lie:

President Bush deceives Americans in presidential debate:
taxpayers are funding abortions – with his signature on HHS Appropriations bills!

When responding to an audience question about taxpayers’ money being used to support abortion during the Second Presidential Debate on October 8, President Bush gave this deceptive, deceitful, false response:

BUSH: “My answer is, we’re not going to spend taxpayers’ money on abortion.” (See: transcript)

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The Truth:

Three Ways Taxpayers’ Money Is Being Used to Support Abortion:

As reported at Covenant News on October 9, there are three ways that taxpayers’ money is being used to “support abortion,” as the question from the audience was presented during the October 8 Presidential Debate, and to which President Bush gave a false answer:

BUSH: “My answer is, we’re not going to spend taxpayers’ money on abortion.” (See: transcript)

    1. President Bush is funding selected surgical abortions via Medicaid (Title XIX)

    2. President Bush is funding chemical abortions via both Medicaid (Title XIX) and via the Title X birth/population control and Planned Parenthood funding program

    3. President Bush is funding Planned Parenthood, the largest perpetrators of child-murder-by-abortion in the United States (Planned Parenthood reports murdering over 200,000 unborn children annually by surgical abortion alone), through both Medicaid (Title XIX) and Title X, with over $50 million per year through each program, for a total of over $100 million per year, just through these two Planned Parenthood funding mechanisms

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Immoral

All of this surgical abortion, chemical abortion, and Planned Parenthood funding is buried in the grotesquely huge U.S. Health and Human Services Appropriations bills that Congress and the President break their oaths of office by voting for and signing each year.

Unconstitutional

In addition to being immoral by funding surgical abortion, chemical abortion, birth control for unmarried adolescents even if their parents object, and child-murderering-abortionists (i.e. Planned Parenthood), the bills are entirely unconstitutional, full of “pork” funding of local projects, and examples of creeping socialism in America that the Republican-majority Congress has voted to pass, and the Republican President has signed into law to authorize these evil and immoral expenditures.

This report documents the funding

In order to assist interested Christians and pro-lifers who wish to document for themselves the claims of federal government support of abortion with American’s tax dollars, in direct conflict with the false claim made by President Bush to a national audience on October 8, this report is Part 2 of a 3-part report, and will document the funding authorization language for selected Medicaid abortions in the FY 2002 and FY 2004 Health and Human Services Appropriation bills.

Part 2 of 3-part report:
Funding for selected Medicaid abortions is

    REQUIRED in HHS Appropriations bills -or else states threatened by federal government with loss of other Medicaid funds; thanks to votes of Republican-majority Congress, and signature of President Bush

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Funding authorization language for selected Medicaid abortions in the FY 2002 and FY 2004 Health and Human Services Appropriation bills:

1. Bush administration: FY 2002 HHS Appropriations Bill

    HR 3061 for FY 2002, signed by President Bush (PL 107-116) on Jan. 10, 2002.

    Go to: http://thomas.loc.gov

    – Key in HR 3061 for 107th Congress (first click on “Bill Text” and select “107“)

    – Then choose [H.R.3061.ENR]

    – When HR 3061 comes up, click on “Title V–General Provisions” and find: SEC. 508 and SEC. 509

    Be Sure To Read SEC. 508 and SEC. 509 to see how Congress and the President make your federal taxdollars pay for selected Medicaid abortions, Don’t Be Fooled By The Deceptive Wording In SEC. 508 – Read SEC. 509 also!

Limitation on abortion funding in SEC. 508, Does Not Apply In These Cases:

From SEC. 509:

      SEC. 509. (a) The limitations established in the preceding section shall not apply to an abortion–

    “(1) if the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest; or
      (2) in the case where a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, that would, as certified by a physician, place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed.”

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H.R.3061

Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002 (Enrolled as Agreed to or Passed by Both House and Senate)

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TITLE V–GENERAL PROVISIONS

      SEC. 508. (a) None of the funds appropriated under this Act, and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are appropriated under this Act, shall be expended for any abortion.

      (b) None of the funds appropriated under this Act, and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are appropriated under this Act, shall be expended for health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion.

      (c) The term `health benefits coverage’ means the package of services covered by a managed care provider or organization pursuant to a contract or other arrangement.

      SEC. 509. (a) The limitations established in the preceding section shall not apply to an abortion–

    (1) if the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest; or

    (2) in the case where a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, that would, as certified by a physician, place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed.

      (b) Nothing in the preceding section shall be construed as prohibiting the expenditure by a State, locality, entity, or private person of State, local, or private funds (other than a State’s or locality’s contribution of Medicaid matching funds).

      (c) Nothing in the preceding section shall be construed as restricting the ability of any managed care provider from offering abortion coverage or the ability of a State or locality to contract separately with such a provider for such coverage with State funds (other than a State’s or locality’s contribution of Medicaid matching funds).

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Note:

This is from TITLE V–GENERAL PROVISIONS of the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002 (Enrolled as Agreed to or Passed by Both House and Senate).

The net effect and practical consequence of this abortion-funding language is that the federal government requires states accepting medicaid funding to kill unborn children in the cases where the baby was conceived in a case of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at risk. Medicaid is a co-mingled federal/state dollars federal program.

If a state tries to pass state appropriations legislation to prevent the use of state-level tax dollars from being used to kill unborn babies in these selected cases via Medicaid, then the state risks losing Medicaid funding from the federal government in other, unrelated Medicaid programs.

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2. Bush administration: FY 2004 HHS Appropriations Bill

    HR 2673 for FY 2004, signed by President Bush (PL 108-199) on Jan. 23, 2004

    Go to: http://thomas.loc.gov

    – Key in HR 2673 for 108th Congress (first click on “Bill Text” and select “108“)

    – Then choose [H.R.2673.ENR]

    – When HR 2673 comes up, page down a significant amount of the page (slightly more than halfway, until you find:

    Division E–Departments Of Labor, Health And Human Services, And Education, And Related Agencies Appropriations, 2004

    – DO NOT click yet. Under this section “Division E–… etc.” page down more until you find: TITLE IV–RELATED AGENCIES

    – DO NOT click yet now either. Under this section TITLE IV–RELATED AGENCIES, find: “Limitation On Administration

    – Now click, on “Limitation On Administration” and when this section opens up, page down to:

    TITLE V–GENERAL PROVISIONS” and find, SEC. 508 and SEC. 509

    – Be Sure To Read Sec. 508 and Sec. 509 to see how Congress and the President make your federal taxdollars pay for selected Medicaid abortions, Don’t Be Fooled By The Deceptive Wording In SEC. 508 – Read SEC. 509 also!

Limitation on abortion funding in SEC. 508, Does Not Apply In These Cases:

From SEC. 509:

      SEC. 509. (a) The limitations established in the preceding section shall not apply to an abortion–

    (1) if the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest; or

    (2) in the case where a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, that would, as certified by a physician, place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed.

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H.R.2673

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004
(Enrolled as Agreed to or Passed by Both House and Senate)

TITLE V–GENERAL PROVISIONS

    SEC. 508. (a) None of the funds appropriated under this Act, and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are appropriated under this Act, shall be expended for any abortion.

    (b) None of the funds appropriated under this Act, and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are appropriated under this Act, shall be expended for health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion.

    (c) The term `health benefits coverage’ means the package of services covered by a managed care provider or organization pursuant to a contract or other arrangement.

    SEC. 509. (a) The limitations established in the preceding section shall not apply to an abortion–

(1) if the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest; or

(2) in the case where a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, that would, as certified by a physician, place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed.

    (b) Nothing in the preceding section shall be construed as prohibiting the expenditure by a State, locality, entity, or private person of State, local, or private funds (other than a State’s or locality’s contribution of Medicaid matching funds).

    (c) Nothing in the preceding section shall be construed as restricting the ability of any managed care provider from offering abortion coverage or the ability of a State or locality to contract separately with such a provider for such coverage with State funds (other than a State’s or locality’s contribution of Medicaid matching funds).

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Note: same language, same sections under this heading also:

LIMITATION ON THE OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

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Note:

This is from TITLE V–GENERAL PROVISIONS of the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002 (Enrolled as Agreed to or Passed by Both House and Senate).

The net effect and practical consequence of this abortion-funding language is that the federal government requires states accepting medicaid funding to kill unborn children in the cases where the baby was conceived in a case of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at risk. Medicaid is a co-mingled federal/state dollars federal program.

If a state tries to pass state appropriations legislation to prevent the use of state-level tax dollars from being used to kill unborn babies in these selected cases via Medicaid, then the state risks losing Medicaid funding from the federal government in other, unrelated Medicaid programs.

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BUSH: “My answer is, we’re not going to spend taxpayers’ money on abortion.” (See: transcript)

Conclusion # 1: George W. Bush did not speak the truth to Americans
                         on October 8 in the Second Presidential Debate.

Conclusion # 2: George W. Bush is NOT Pro-LIfe!

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What is the practical effect in terms of children murdered annually?

Even pro-aborts know that Medicaid is being used to fund selected abortions:
http://www.righttochoose.org/abstats.htm

PUBLIC FUNDING: U.S. Congress has barred use of federal funds to pay for abortions for Medicaid-eligible women except when the woman’s life is threatened or in cases of rape and incest. 16 states, including New Jersey, use their own funds for abortions for low-income women. 14% of all abortions were paid for with public funds, almost all being state funds.

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As an example, North Carolina’s Right to Life group knows it also: http://www.ncrtl.org/statistics.htm

A History of the North Carolina State Abortion Fund

In 1995, this fund was reduced to $50,000, with stipulations on its use. Prior to this time, there were virtually no restrictions on the use of taxpayers’ money in funding abortions. In 1997 public funds (including federal Medicaid) paid for 5 abortions to preserve the woman’s life, 59 abortions for the case of rape, and 2 abortions for the case of incest. In the 1999-2000 budget, the abortion fund remains at $50,000, with the restrictions placed on this fund in 1995 kept in tact.

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In South Carolina, I have worked since 1997 to de-fund abortion funding in the SC state budget. Figures provided by the SC Department of HHS show:

FY 2002-2003 – Medicaid (Title XIX) was used to fund 13 abortions
FY 2001-2002 – Medicaid (Title XIX) was used to fund 18 abortions
FY 2000-2001 – Medicaid (Title XIX) was used to fund 18 abortions

Question: How many murders does one have to commit to be a murderer? Answer: One
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The national figure for the total number of surgical abortions (not even counting the number of chemical abortions) funded by Medicaid is not available as of this writing. However, the average for SC in the three state fiscal years above was just over 16 Medicaid abortions per year.

South Carolina ranked 38th lowest in the nation in 1996 for its abortion rate per 1,000 women, and in 2000 had a population just over 4 million, when the nation’s population was over 281 million. Doing the math, that comes out to a conservative estimate of 1,100 plus unborn human beings that are murdered each year with federal tax dollars through the Medicaid program, as authorized by the Republican-majority US Congress, and the so-called “pro-life” Republican President, George W. Bush.

George W. Bush is NOT Pro-Life.

October 28, 2004
Steve Lefemine
Constitution Party candidate for US House Second District (SC)

CONTACT:
Lefemine For Life for Congress
P.O. Box 50358
Columbia, SC 29250
(803) 765-0916

Steve Lefemine for US2 Congress
SteveLforUS2@sc-online.net
blog: www.LefemineForLife.net

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