White House Reality Check Site Still Silent on Abortion

The administration's 'Reality Check' website doesn't answer charges about abortion coverage.

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By Dan Gilgoff, God & Country

Since launching three weeks ago, the White House Reality Check Web site on healthcare reform has been updated several times to debunk a growing number of alleged myths about the Democrats' plan.

But the site is still silent on conservatives' charge that the plan will use taxpayer money to cover abortions. It's a stunning omission, given how much the government-funded abortion allegation has dominated this month's congressional town hall meetings on healthcare reform—and given that President Obama himself has called the charge a myth. "You've heard that this is all going to mean government funding of abortion," he said recently. "Not true."

Why does the White House site ignore such a big elephant in the room? I can think of two possible reasons.

The first is obvious: The abortion-in-healthcare-reform debate is one the administration would rather avoid, lest it consume the entire debate over reform. The other is that the White House sees the abortion-in-healthcare question very much as an open one and is still weighing options on exactly how government-controlled healthcare ought to treat abortion.

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