As is the case with FEHB plans currently, and with the Affordable Care Act and the President’s related Executive Order more generally, in Pennsylvania and in all other states abortions will not be covered in the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) except in the cases of rape or incest, or where the life of the woman would be endangered. – Department of Health and Human Services (emphasis added for those with difficulty reading a full sentence.)
This statement has been released for over 12 hours now. It has been linked from this site for that length of time. Yet if you go around the Catholic blogosphere, you still have people repeating NRLC’s speculative and now proven erroneous analysis. While it is understandable that many of these places ran with this speculation, there is no good excuse for them not to have informed their readers of the truth.
Lifesite of course has not corrected their initial story, nor have they found HHS’s statement newsworthy.
CNA ran with the story, but at least noted that it was critics making the claim. (This is not the USCCB’s media arm.) They have not found HHS’s statement newsworthy.
Father Zuhlsdorf has run with the story and found his readers aren’t worthy of knowing the truth.
Jimmy Akin of the National Catholic Register doesn’t believe his readers are worthy of knowing the truth.
There are a myriad of other sites that don’t respect their readers. (All claims are accurate as of this writing. It is my hope that places actually do correct their misinformation.)
Minor Update: A lot of sites have reported that the Obama administration is “officially” supporting abortion now when they made their accusations. Obama does “officially” support abortion rights. His campaign website noted this. However, when the controlling agencies, in this case HHS and PA, specifically deny a proffered interpretation (and they have done so from the start), it is intellectually dishonest to claim the agencies are officially supporting a policy. Official is a first party determination, not a third party one.