Pro-Lifers Say 'Obamacare' Would Fund Abortion

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WASHINGTON -- Pro-life leaders took their fight against abortion funding in health care to Capitol Hill Thursday.

They have been sounding the alarm: taxes will pay for abortions under a health care overhaul.  But that's not what President Barack Obama said Wednesday night:

"Under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions," he said.

Still, pro-life leaders say that's untrue, and a Capitol Hill news conference they presented charts, quotes and clips to prove it in the legislation.

"The administration is explicitly authorized to pay for all abortions from day one," said Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life.

National Right to Life claims Obama vowed he would do it.

"Barack Obama promised Planned Parenthood in the most explicit terms that abortion would be in his plan," Johnson said. "The transcript is in our memos and the film clip is at our Web site, and I would invite you to review it." 

The pro-lifers want to attach to any health care overhaul the Hyde Amendment, which would forbid federal funding of abortion.

"There are millions of children who are alive today because of the Hyde Amendment and because of other restrictions on public funding for abortion, because about a third don't go through with it if that facilitation by government funds is not there," said Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ).

"So those children are alive. If you fund it, you get more of it," he added.

However, congressional leaders won't allow a vote or debate on the Hyde Amendment.

"The Speaker and the Democratic leadership have a great responsibility to the American public to allow the Congress to debate this issue," said Kristen Day of Democrats for Life. 

Pro-life leaders admit if Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill and in the White House keep dodging this issue or misdirecting on it, there's little that can be done to keep taxpayer funding of abortion out of the health care overhaul. 

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