Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Abortion at Community Health Centers

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS, which runs AmeriCorps), has issued a report indicating “Between 2013 and 2015, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)…allowed a few AmeriCorps members to provide emotional support (doula care) to women during abortion procedures at three New York City clinics operated by the Institute for Family Health (IFH).” According to a statement by the Corporation for National and Community Service, “We are deeply disappointed that the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) authorized national service participants to perform prohibited activities…the grantee broke the law and violated the spirit of national service.”

In a statement released today, Subcommittee Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK), of the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, said “I am outraged by the terrible misuse of taxpayer dollars under the direction of the National Association of Community Health Centers.”

This OIG report covers the use of federal AmeriCorps funds that had been sub-granted to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) for volunteers to work in Community Health Centers. This OIG report does not investigate the provision of abortion at Community Health Centers. However, the report indicates that the prohibited AmeriCorps abortion activity took place at a federally funded Community Health Center.

The Hyde amendment prohibits funding for abortion covers Community Health Centers with one exception: the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, included funding for Community Health Centers without Hyde protections. In response the President issued Executive Order 13535 stating that the Hyde amendment should apply to the Obamacare funding for Community Health Centers. While the validity of the Executive Order was dismissed by pro-life leaders at the time, the National Association of Community Health Centers stated “Health Centers funded by Section 330 of the PHS Act (also called Federally-Qualified Health Centers, or FQHCs) do not provide abortions to any of their patients, and we are not aware of any that have ever done so. Health Centers will under all circumstances abide by the law as reaffirmed by the President’s executive order.” Additionally, according to FactCheck.org, “the National Association of Community Health Centers says none of the health centers provides abortion services and they have no plans to do so.”

The findings by the OIG for AmeriCorps directly contradict the claims previously made by the National Association of Community Health Centers. In light of these serious concerns, Chairman Tom Cole has issued a letter, calling on the Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate abortion at Community Health Centers.

Chairman Cole also issued a letter to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS, which runs AmeriCorps) stating that the National Association of Community Health Centers contract should be immediately terminated. He also urges an immediate rigorous investigation to determine whether any other violations have occurred. According to the Hill, “NACHC is one of the largest grant recipients of AmeriCorps, receiving $30 million over five years” and NACHC “knew there were violations as early as 2013, and did not report them.”

No comments:

Referral Link

Have you looked at mobile phone service carrier Tello?
  • Great affordable plans (like $10/month for unlimited talk/text, 1 GB of data)
  • useful app for making calls if out of range
  • start with $10 free

Blog Archive