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.


Filed under: Health care fact check
soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. bess

    while the "abortion" word isn't mentioned in the health care bill neither is "appendectomy" or "aneurysm" or "angina" or "anemia" or "apoplexy" or... well, you get the idea.

    on pages 767-768 of the current proposed health care bill as it talks about "home visits by trained nurses to families...eligible for medical assistance...services are effective....(1) improving maternal or child health and pregnancy outcomes or INCREASING BIRTH INTERVALS BETWEEN PREGNANCIES." This can certainly be open to interpretation. It doesn't specifically say 'contraceptives' and it doesn't exclude abortion which is used by a lot of people instead of a contrceptive.

    See, this is one example of the abortion Yes or No debate.

    September 10, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. mjm

    Maybe this is where Wilson should have yelled out.

    Or, Wilson ment the whole speech, not just illegals.

    Personally, I yelled out LIER multiple times....and I'm not going to apologize.

    The Democrats need to apologize for wasting out time with that health care bill.

    September 10, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Brain Dead in Ohio

    Republicans have to get away from this 'all abortions are evil' thing. They seem to only deal with absolutions, i.e. "if you're not with us, you're against us," "if you don't support the war, you don't support the troops," "any change you our current (failing) system will be socialism, communism, ect."

    It's very disheartning to know that grown adults fail to see any grey area in life and social morality.

    If an evil man, a rapist, take advantage of a woman and a pregnancy results, the woman is to be further punished by having to bear and support the rapist's child? Even if the baby is given up for adoption, the process to carry the pregnancy is costly and more emotional baggage the victim will now have to bear.

    Withholding information for time reasons, when it's already outlined in the Hyde Amendment, is not a falsity, it's a red herring for the GOP to chase.

    September 10, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. NH Independent

    We should believe this why???????

    September 10, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. Where is the truth???

    CNN where are the ACORN stories???

    1) Federal and state authorities in Miami are still searching for five of the 11 people suspected of falsifying information on hundreds of voter registration cards

    2) The Video of them helping an undercover person to set up a prostitution ring????

    This group is able to get BILLIONS in stimulus money!!

    Stop being so protective of these people!

    September 10, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. stormerF

    I guess Joe Wilson was right Obama does lie. Too bad we need someone to tell the whole trurth.

    September 10, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. KATHLEEN

    Never, Never, can this happen. This would be a political loss for any Pres. I voted for Obama, and like a lot of what he is trying to do for our country, but I am totally against abortion.

    Our country is divided on Abortion!!! 50-50? YOU THINK?
    I think it is more than divided. I think most people are against it:
    50 per cent are vocal 30% are totally against it.
    have no time to fight it and it seems to be an issue that will never
    be won. OK, give 20% that will fight for the right to choose.!

    That is my perception!

    And late term abortions, that is like taking a newborn and throwing
    "the child" in the wastebasket!!!!! Well, it is murder.

    September 10, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. john weakley

    In addition to the three conditions by the Capps Amendment, H.R. 3200 leaves open the possibility of elective abortions at the discretion of the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Under Secretary Sebelius, is there any doubt if elective abortions will be paid for with tax dollars? But, then who knows what President Obama was talking about? Maybe H.R. 3200 ? Maybe not? He has gone to great lengths to not tell the American people what HIS plan is.

    September 10, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. Debby

    Well that means abortions will be paid out of pocket if its not in Obama's insurance plan.

    September 10, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. Idiot_Pelosi

    It's easy to stop this.

    DON"t PAY YOUR TAXES. Let liberals pay for it all.

    September 10, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. whaley41

    What happened to the 3 or 4 million that was promised?

    September 10, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Kevin in Ohio

    Well, there it is.....Obama lied. Again.

    September 10, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. michael berry

    I believe he meant that it would not change anything - it isn't possible to give all details in a presentation

    September 10, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. Democratic VICTIM

    Obama is a lier

    September 10, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. PA Voter

    I want all these town hallers shouting about abortions to start adopting all the children born out of rape and incest. And they also have to attend the bedside and/or funeral of each and every woman that dies due to the results of a problem pregnancy. Some women do die from health complications brought on by pregnancies - it's a sad reality. You talk to those familie and help heal those wounds. Bunch of fanatical nuts.

    September 10, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Retired US Army Officer-Kansas

    I go with the stance that I will never receive an abortion, but I will not stand in the way of a women having to make the decision. Abortions under the Hyde Amendment are extreme situations where abortions are permitted no questioned asked. Just make sure my tax dollars are not being spent on plastic surgery for no other purpose than I want it done. While the world needs more playboy bunnies let them pay for it themselves.

    September 10, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. LacrosseMom

    THANK YOU CNN.... for the TRUTH! Too many lies out here!

    September 10, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. aware

    Obama lies! He is a petulant, arrogant, narcissistic untrustworthy failure! :(

    September 10, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. Michael

    He aldo said he doesn't want a one payer system but that would be the only way he could be the last President to have to deal with health care reform is for the goverment to take it over.

    September 10, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. Bea Patridge

    He lied.

    September 10, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. A fetus

    This is a very alarming development! Have a nice day!

    September 10, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. Bob in Pa

    So if I can't afford health insurance and I use a Tax credit to help pay for my health insurance as outlined last night, then I can't get an abortion and have it covered by my health insurance ?

    September 10, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. dft

    These are medical procedures that are legal and should be treated the same as any other procedure. No government between you and your doctor. Right repubs?

    September 10, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. Robert

    The CNN truth squad code of ethics includes the phrase, it depends on what the meaning of the word is, is.

    No way to confirm whether or not someone who applies is here legally, and CNN comes to the conclusion that it is true to say that illegals won't be let into the plan?

    Only in the MSM.

    September 10, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. D. Tree

    Those procedures are for when the mother's life i threatened, CNN – maybe you should mention that since you say you want to inform people!

    Would you rather have these women die?

    September 10, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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