Millions of Taxpayer Dollars Pay for Late-Term Abortions, Operation Rescue Alleges

Thursday, 13 Oct 2011 12:46 AM

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Millions of dollars in taxpayer money are being used to pay for late-term abortions, according to the anti-abortion organization Operation Rescue.

The allegation, after an undercover investigation by the Christian organization, on Wednesday came a day before a congressional debate Thursday on the volatile issue of tax-funded abortions under Obamacare, according to The Christian Post.

An Operation Rescue member contacted abortion clinics in 12 of the 15 states that pay for the the procedure through Medicaid, and all 12 offered late-term abortions without requiring a medical reason, The Christian Post reported.

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In one such call that Operation Rescue released to the media, an organization member called Southwestern Women's Options, a clinic in Albuquerque, N.M., stating that she was 26 weeks pregnant. She was having a healthy pregnancy but needed an abortion because her husband had lost his job, the undercover Operation Rescue member said.

The clinic employee told the caller that Medicaid would cover the entire cost, which she said would "range anywhere from eight to nine thousand dollars."

Cheryl Sullenger, Operation Rescue’s senior policy adviser, told The Christian Post on Wednedsay: "If the American people knew this was going on, they would be outraged. We released this information because we wanted to inform the general public where their money is going, and we wanted to point out that Medicaid already pays for this."

The taxpayer-funded government program is required to cover abortions only in cases of rape, incest, or if the mother's life is in danger. But Operation Rescue contends that "these exceptions have been exploited in the past to include more abortions," and state money generally funds the procedures.

Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said: "It's shocking that our tax dollars would pay $9,000 for a third-trimester abortion simply because of a lost job. The vast majority of the American people strongly object to their tax money being used in this way."

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