February 15, 2002|
Is Something Fishy at HHS? SCHIP Regulation Still Awaiting Publication |
Two weeks ago, HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson announced a new regulation extending federal health care coverage to the unborn children of eligible mothers. Currently, only children who are already born are covered under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The announcement created a firestorm of opposition among the abortion crowd. After all, how dare our government declare an unborn baby a "child" for purposes of health care! To them, we’re talking about "fetuses" who have no right to health care or for that matter, to be born.
It is our understanding that government regulations are typically announced and published in the Federal Register, whereupon public comment is sought for a period of 30 to 60 days. Thereafter, the regulation is either adopted or rejected. This regulation appears to be unusual, in that the announcement was made on January 31, 2002, but the regulation has yet to appear in the Federal Register and public comment has not been sought.
In addition, concern among observant pro-lifers is rising because of comments by HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson when he appeared before the House Ways & Means Committee on February 6 to offer a preview of the Administrations plans on welfare reform. According to the February12 edition of Life Advocacy Briefing ([email protected]), Rep. Fortney Stark (D-CA) used the occasion to tut-tut- the Secretary on having dared to call fetuses "unborn children" for purposes of coving their prenatal care under SCHIP.
"Displaying the bureaucrat’s tendency to try to please powerful lawmakers, Secretary Thompson assured the California radical he had no intention of getting into the ‘pro-life/pro-choice’ controversy with his proposed rule. He went on to note that the rule was merely in the publication/public comment phase, that it was not yet final, and he said he would seek a compromise to ‘mitigate the harshness of the rhetoric.’"
Calling babies in the womb "unborn children" is "harsh rhetoric"? The implications of that remark are stunning. Why isn’t the regulation yet published? Could it be that Secretary Thompson wants to have it rewritten or dropped entirely in order to please the abortion industry? What is going on?
Secretary Thompson can be contacted at 1-877-696-6775 or by e-mail at [email protected]. Phone calls are better.
Checks should be made out to Citizens for Jill Stanek and mailed to RNC/Life - P.O. Box 618 - Alton, Illinois 62002.
RNC/Life - P.O. Box 618 - Alton, IL 62002
Or you may charge your contribution
on Master Card or Visa by calling 618/462-5415.
(Contributions are not tax-deductible)
Thank you very much for your support!
Republican National Coalition for Life Box 618 Alton Illinois 62002|
618-462-5415 Fax: 618-462-8909 E-mail