Rep. Bachmann Warns Of Abortion Field Trips
Last night on the House floor, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) introduced a new (to us) reason to oppose health care reform. Bachmann's latest gripe is with Section 2511 of House bill, a provision for school-based health clinics, which she thinks will lead to free abortions for middle-school students:
BACHMANN: [T]he bill orders that these clinics protect patient privacy and student records. What does that mean? It means that parents will never know what kind of counsel and treatment that their children are receiving. And as a matter of fact, the bill goes on to say what's going to go on -- comprehensive primary health services, physicals, treatment of minor acute medical conditions, referrals to follow-up for specialty care -- is that abortion? Does that mean that someone's 13 year-old daughter could walk into a sex clinic, have a pregnancy test done, be taken away to the local Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, have their abortion, be back and go home on the school bus that night? Mom and dad are never the wiser.
Bachmann seems to be getting her information from fringe blogs like Free Republic and World Net Daily, both of which have recently promoted similar claims. However, PolitiFact.com already debunked a similar statement made by the Liberty Counsel in July. In fact, the nonpartisan fact-checking outfit awarded its vaunted "Pants on Fire!" rating to the claim that school-based health clinics would provide abortions.
"We see no language in the three main versions of the bill that would allow school-based clinics, which have a long history of providing basic health services to underprivileged students, to provide abortions," the site wrote. "Nor would the clinics even be new -- they have been around for three decades. So we rate the claim Pants on Fire!"