The Washington Post has claimed that no money from MedicAid goes to fund abortions, they’re lying. The truth is that 17 States use MedicAid funds for abortions that they deem “medically necessary and all States use funds in the case of rape, incest or if the mother’s life could be in danger.
Why would WaPo make this claim? It is not as though they do not have access to information or staff to research, so we can assume that it is part of a larger propaganda exercise to demonize those who criticize the use of MediCaid for abortion purposes.
When a major news agency uses lies and obfuscation to promote an agenda, they no longer have any credibility. Why have there been no retractions or apologies? What’s worse is that the 17 States that provide abortions if “medically necessary” do not provide concrete guidelines on what is considered necessary…It is all up to the States and individual boards.
As reported in the Daily Caller:
The Washington Post’s article, covering Planned Parenthood closures in Iowa and the potential removal of governmental funds from abortion providers, mistakenly claimed that Planned Parenthood does not receive Medicaid funds for abortion services. The claim is in direct contradiction to a federal amendment, several state decisions, and Planned Parenthood’s website.
The Hyde Amendment was passed in 1976, three years after Roe v. Wade, and went into effect in 1980. The amendment prohibited federal funds from being used for abortions except in the cases of rape, incest, and if the mother’s life was in danger.
Due to its attachment to the HHS Appropriations Bill, the Hyde Amendment must be passed each year. The current version of the amendment includes the three exceptions – rape, incest, or risk to the mother’s life – for Medicaid-funded abortions.
Additionally, 17 states direct Medicaid funds to cover abortions they deem “medically necessary” for those on Medicaid. Three other states allow state funds to cover abortions related to “fetal impairment.”