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The CBO made the estimate as it tried to calculate how much it would “cost” the federal government if Congress enacted the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which prohibits killing unborn babies at 20 or more weeks into pregnancy–unless the baby who is going to be killed was conceived through a reported rape or incest against a minor, or if the life of the mother is at stake.
Based on its conclusion that the cost of not killing babies in late-term abortions would come “primarily” through Medicaid, CBO then estimates to be the “cost” to the federal government of allowing these 2,500 babies per year to live.
“As a result, we estimate that the increase in federal costs for Medicaid would total $235 million over the 2015-2025 period,” says CBO. “However, there is a wide range of uncertainty around that central estimate. CBO estimates that the budgetary effects on other programs would be negligible.”
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