With the overturning of Roe vs. Wade has come one of the greatest leftwing freakouts in American history. Overwrought proclamations of women dying in the streets because they can’t remove ectopic pregnancies have become a favorite way to fearmonger. Reality tells a different story, with not a single state outlawing abortion procedures needed to save the life of the mother or to end a non-viable pregnancy.
Still, with Democrat electoral prospects in peril heading into November’s mid-terms, they have to keep pushing the issue. On Wednesday, President Joe Biden did his part by signing an executive order allowing the usage of Medicaid funds to support those seeking out-of-state abortions from places that otherwise ban the procedure for elective reasons.
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Here was Biden signing the order after he celebrated the downfall of a Kansas amendment allowing stricter abortion restrictions during in his remarks.
According to CNN, Biden made this egregiously false claim to support the move.
“Emergency medical care being denied to women experiencing miscarriages, doctors uncertain about what they can do to provide for their patients, pharmacists unsure whether they can fill prescriptions that they’ve always filled before, a tragic case of rape survivors, including a 10-year-old girl forced to travel to another state for care,” Biden said before signing the order.
There is no law in any state that denies emergency medical care to a woman experiencing a miscarriage. Why would there be? A miscarriage isn’t even an abortion. As to any supposed uncertainty by doctors, that is self-inflicted by partisanship and dishonest activists. Again, there is no law in the nation that disallows a doctor from providing emergency medical care to a woman having complications from a pregnancy.
I’m also unable to find any legitimate reason a pharmacy would be unable to fill prescriptions they’ve always filled. In the case of Plan B, which is likely what Biden is talking about, it is considered a contraceptive and has not been affected by any abortion laws passed by any state. Lastly, his assertion about the 10-year-old girl is also false. While the girl was real, no law in Ohio prohibited her from getting the care she needed within her own state.
This executive order is built on a mountain of lies and mischaracterizations meant to spread fear among women, and it will ultimately cost lives by causing them not to seek the care they need that is readily and legally available. Further, and just as importantly, what Biden is doing is flatly unconstitutional.
Wednesday’s order also directs HHS to consider actions guaranteeing women traveling across state lines seeking abortions have access to health care services, including through Medicaid. Last month, a bill guaranteeing women the right to travel across state lines to seek abortions failed to pass the Senate after Republicans blocked the measure.
According to a senior administration official, that would allow states to provide care for out-of-state patients seeking abortions through a Medicaid 1115 waiver, permitting states to waive certain state-based requirements in providing care and assist in covering “certain costs.”
The Hyde Amendment, which is still currently in effect because no budget lacking it has been passed, expressly prohibits the use of Medicaid funds to provide for abortion services. Biden is attempting to an end around by vaguely allowing assistance with “certain costs,” including travel costs. Yet, that still results in taxpayer money being used to facilitate an abortion.
Democrats are attempting to violate one of the most common sense bargains in modern American history. The Hyde Amendment exists so that people (such as myself) who believe abortion is the killing of a child can not be made to participate in the practice. To the extent that the bargain was fairly shallow, it at least allowed for some degree of separation. What happens when you start forcing Americans, including devoutly religious ones, to pay for the abortions of other people? The answer is that you get dangerous divisions in a nation already in a tenuous spot.
This is playing with fire, and it needs to be stopped. Hopefully, a court challenge sees this EO struck down, and when a Republican gets back into the White House, it must be repealed immediately. No American should have to violate their own beliefs by being forced to pay for abortions. Period.