A number of pro-life leaders are nudging Congress to take a closer look at what the ObamaCare substitute will and will not do.
Kristan Hawkins, who heads Students for Life, says the replacement bill, the American Health Care Act, puts a lot of weight into Planned Parenthood being defunded.
"However, this could come down to a Senate parliamentarian -- whether or not the Hyde Amendment would apply to this bill and that Planned Parenthood couldn't receive funding, and also that abortion could not be funded in this new healthcare system that they're creating," she tells OneNewsNow.
That is because it seems the tax credits could allow money from the refundable credits to pay for abortions in health savings accounts. But Hawkins insists that abortion funding, whether it is provided directly or indirectly, is not acceptable. In addition, the measure prohibits tax dollars from going to abortion organizations that get over $350 million in federal money, but presumably, facilities that provide abortion and receive less revenue could. So Students for Life wants voters to send a message to Washington:
"We will not accept any Planned Parenthood funding in this new healthcare administration, regardless of whether that's money going directly to Planned Parenthood through Medicaid reimbursements or if that's money going to Planned Parenthood through an abortion slush fund of sorts," Hawkins submits.
One of the complaints about ObamaCare was that it did call for a slush fund to pay for abortions, even if people objected to funding it.