Three more local affiliates of the Planned Parenthood abortion business are getting hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funding from the federal government to promote Obamacare.
The new grants the HHS department announced today follow one from the Washington, D.C. Obamacare exchange earlier this week.
As Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner reports:
President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services announced on Thursday that it had made grants totaling about $655,000 to three different branches of abortion provider Planned Parenthood so that the groups could help Americans sign up for health coverage through Obamacare.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said her department had doled out $67 million in grants to 105 different organizations seeking to be “navigators” who will help individuals apply for coverage to be offered starting Oct. 1 through new health insurance exchanges.
Among the grants listed were $295,604 for Planned Parenthood of Montana; $214,427 for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland; and $145,161 for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.
When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, known more commonly as Obamacare, pro-life groups warned that abortion funding would be a component of the health care reform law.
Now, the beginning of that funding is coming to pass as the Obamacare exchange in Washington, D.C. announced this week it is sending $375,000 in taxpayer funds to the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
Obamacare exchanges will operate in all 50 states and a majority of states do not have laws passedthat would stop abortion funding or sending taxpayer funds via Obamacare to the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
Enrollment in the exchanges is to begin on October 1, 2013, and the exchanges are to offer health insurance coverage to an estimated 7 million individuals starting on January 1, 2014 (increasing to about 24 million by 2022). Thirty-four states have elected to not set up their own exchanges; therefore, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will operate the exchanges in those states.
Under the ACA, health plans that provide abortion coverage are permitted to participate in the state exchanges. While states are allowed to enact laws “opting out” of permitting insurance plans that cover abortions to participate in their exchanges, many states are unable or unwilling to do so. To date, only 20 states have enacted an opt-out law, citizens.
Americans in states without opt-out laws who are enrolled through an exchange in insurance plans that cover abortion—even if their enrollment is inadvertent or as a consequence of their employment— will be required to pay an “abortion premium” that will be used exclusively to pay for abortions.
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan D.C. is the abortion business where staffers admitted they handled medications improperly and it also botched an abortion and left part of the baby inside the mother.
From an abortion facility inspection report last year:
“Employee #6 stated, ‘I mix the medications, apply a label and take the vials to the procedure room for the physician to draw up and inject into the patient prior to the procedure. They are used for numbing the cervix.’ Employee #6 was asked who verified the medications she was mixing and she stated, ‘No one.’ While observing the medications being mixed Employee #6 was observed cleaning the tops of the vials prior to the first puncture of each vial. She did not clean the tops prior to the second puncture of the vials. Employee #6 stated, ‘The current research says it doesn’t make any difference. You could lick the tops of the vials and the infection rate would be the same.’”
On Tuesday, the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority Executive Board announced that it had approved grants to 35 organizations based in DC. These organizations will assist individuals and small businesses who wish to enroll in health insurance coverage through DC Health Link.
Among the groups receiving grants was Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington DC. Theabortion advocacy group received a grant of $375,000.
LifeNews.com reported that this same clinic faced a lawsuit as a result of a botched abortion. LifeNews.com wrote in 2009:
“The abortion resulted in severe abdominal bleeding, severe vaginal injury, severe injury to the cervix, significant uterine perforation, and a small bowel tear. As a result of the injuries, Butler will be unable to have biological children the rest of her life.”
While part of the lobbying that the White House did to get the Obamacare bill to pass included a promise of an Executive Order to prohibit the funding of abortions through the measure, the Jay Sekulow, ACLJ Chief Counsel noted at the time:
The Executive Order is problematic on a number of fronts. It is not a legislative fix and does not carry the force of Congressionally-approved legislation. It does not supersede law. It can be rescinded.
And, what should concern everyone: this Executive Order places HHS Secretary Sebelius at the helm of the funding process – a cabinet member who has a long and documented history of supporting abortion.