Washington D.C., Mar 29, 2010 / 04:56 am America/Denver (CNA).
Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker has denied that President Obama’s executive order barring funding for abortions is of any enforceable value, saying the legislation’s funding provisions regarding abortion are “intentionally complicated.” She predicts that abortions will be funded at Community Health Centers because of the health care bill.
Opening her Sunday column by saying abortion is the last thing she wants to talk about, she charged that the president’s executive order on abortion funding cannot override statute.
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who secured the executive order in exchange for his support for the legislation, has described the order as an “ironclad” ban on abortion funding.
According to Parker, defenders of the health care bill have also said the bill nowhere says funds will go towards abortion and that the Hyde Amendment prohibiting federal funding for abortion applies to the legislation.
“Both are true - up to a point. It isn’t what the bill says; it’s what it doesn’t say,” Parker continued.