Tell the Senate to Protect Abortion Care

Are you angry yet? You should be. As you’ve probably heard by now, on November 7, the House passed its health care reform bill. The problem? It also passed an onerous amendment sponsored by Reps. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) that prohibits anyone who participates in the health insurance Exchange and receives federal subsidies from purchasing a plan that covers abortion except in the case of rape or incest or to save the woman’s life. Anyone receiving a federal subsidy who wants abortion coverage would have to purchase a separate abortion rider covering only abortion.

Of course, how many people plan for an unplanned pregnancy and therefore purchase supplemental insurance?

Oh, and in the states that already prohibit insurance companies from covering abortion except through a separate rider, many insurance companies don’t offer said rider. Of course, insurance companies could offer plans that cover abortion for individuals who pay their premiums fully out of their own pockets, provided that the companies also offer identical plans that do not cover abortion. Given the costs associated with offering two identical plans and the limited pool of people eligible to enroll in one of the plans, we don’t know how many insurance companies will elect to take this route.

The reality is that one in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime. We may not all feel the same way about that fact, but everyone's circumstances and health care needs are different and a woman facing an unintended or medically catastrophic pregnancy should be able to decide what is best for herself and her family. We should respect and support a woman’s decision and prohibit government interference in her most private and personal health care decisions.

Fortunately, there is something you can do. Go to our Action Center and tell your senators to oppose a Stupak-like amendment and protect women’s ability to make private health care decisions without government interference. After all, health care reform should improve women's health and lives, not hinder their ability to get the health care they need.

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Anonymous

Why should Americans who moraly object to abortion be forced to pay for it? Your arguments sound a bit hypocrital to me.

Tax Payer/US citizen

First, pregnancy is not a health care issue. You are not sick! Second, there are so many women who repeatedly get pregnant and are unmarried without employment that already gets a free ride off the state and government. Lastly, if you get pregnant, that was of your own will so why should tax payers foot the bill? By the way, anyone associated with the ACLU is nuts. But I am sure that has never been addressed.

Anonymous

No, I'm not telling them because abortion is the murder of innocent children & tax dollars should NOT be used to fund such a thing that many of those people disagree with. Sorry to say, but I hope you lose.Yeah, I'm angry. But not at them. At the ACLU!

Anonymous

A fetus is NOT a child nor is a fetus a human being. It is a FETUS!

Anyone who contradicts this statement is wrong and ignorant of very easily observable facts. Thus, abortion does not equal murder.

Anonymous

How is a Fetus not a human being? Are you saying a Fetus could be anything? Instead of a human being born, maybe an infant rabbit will pop out instead? Abortion is ending the life of a person that could be born.

Doulos

Fetus is just one of the stages of a human life, just as enfant, adolescent, and adult is a stage of a human when he/she exits the womb. Bad logic Mr./Mrs. Anonymous.

Anonymous

Doulos, you need to find Jesus!

Anonymous

Maybe Allie Bohm should have been aborted when just a FETUS!

Doulos

Why, is Jesus lost? I believe he came to find the lost. I don't see the correlation between me trying defend the sanctity of life and Jesus needing to be found. Bad logic again. John 3:3

Fetus Lover

To the person who said a fetus is not a person, check the dictionary. Fetus - in humans, the unborn young from the end of the 8th week to the moment of birth. (American Heritage Dictionary)Before 8 weeks a fetus is called an embryo.

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