September 10th, 2009
01:59 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Truth Squad: Does health reform prohibit federal funding of abortion?


The Statement:

President Obama said in a September 9 address to a joint session of Congress
that "Under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions."



The Facts:

At present, federal law allows funding for abortions in cases of rape, incest
and protecting the life of the mothers. And, that won't change under health
reform.

President Obama has made clear before that "nobody is talking about changing"
the Hyde Amendment, which allows funding for abortions in those specific
instances. A health care amendment passed by the House Energy and Commerce
Committee in July specified that federal funding of these three procedures
would be permitted in the proposed health insurance exchange.

"Under my amendment, no federal funds may be used to pay for abortions that are
not allowed by the Hyde Amendment, which, as you know, prohibits federal
funding for abortions except in the case of rape, incest, or to protect the
life of the woman," says U.S. Rep. Lois Capps, D-California.

The Verdict:
False. Obama didn't mention in his remarks Wednesday night that there is
federal funding for some abortion procedures under the current Hyde Amendment.


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soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. Jerry Asher

    I guess the president could have said –present federal law remains unchaged and left it at that or stated the Hyde Amedment still stands unaltered. But given the enormous leap of language and ideas he is contending with–out and out lies about killing grand mothers–such nuanced speech would be out of place. Ditto on illegal aliens. To say that illegal people will continue to do things illegal is not a reflection on intentions.

    September 10, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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