Could Health Care Reform Bill Fund Abortions?

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President Barack Obama is taking his health care pitch to Montana on Friday to discuss the controversial issue of abortion.
    
The White House wants to calm the American people's concerns and to try to answer specific questions that have been asked at heated town hall meetings across the country.   
    
Several constituents have asked if the new health care plan will cover abortion services.
  
The original bills in both the House and Senate were silent on the issue of abortion. But that silence has not kept voters from questioning their representatives.

"I did not want to pay on a health care plan that includes the right for a woman to kill her unborn baby," a woman told Sen. Arlen Spector, D-Pa., in Lebanon, Pa., earlier in the week. "Is it true that this plan is in the health care bill?"

Section 1714 of the House bill does address the issue concerning family planning for women on Medicaid. It would allow states to counsel or provide for abortions with state money. But could federal money be used toward abortion?
    
The current law says no. But under the new health care reform, lower income Americans would have their health care subsidized by the government and they will be allowed to pick a health plan that covers any abortion.
 
"I'm pro-choice, but I think we also have the tradition in this town, historically, of not financing abortions as part of government-funded health care," Obama told CBS News on Tuesday.
    
Despite what the president says, there is concern that health care reform will lead to federally funded abortions.
    
The American Center for Law and Justice's Jay Sekulow said the plan will push abortion services on religious groups and private health care plans.  

"As the employer of a law firm of a Christian organization, are we going to be mandated to have in our coverage for our employees in the manual reproductive choice services -- abortion," Sekulow explained. "And the answer to that, as the law is, yes, that is in there."

The other big concern is what many have called "death panels."
    
Senate negotiators announced late Thursday that they were dropping the controversial end-of-life provisions, because they could be misinterpreted and misused.
    
However, those provisions are still in three House committee bills.

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