Wednesday, July 1, 2009

House Dems want abortion excluded from health care reform bill

Something that is sure to come up in the health care reform debate: abortions. Not surprising in the least, but for me the thing to keep an eye on is how this pans out with other women's reproductive care services, such as birth control, fertility treatments, etc.

Nineteen pro-life House Democrats signed a letter last week to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) expressing their opposition to any health care reform that includes abortion funding.

“We cannot support any health-care reform proposal unless it explicitly excludes abortion from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan,” the letter read.
The 19 representatives are:

Dan Boran (D-Okla.), Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), Colin Peterson (D-Minn..), Tim Holden (D-Pa.), Travis Childers (D-Miss.), Lincoln Davis (D-Tenn.), Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), Solomon Ortiz (D-TX), Mike Mclntyre (D-N.C.), Jerry Costello (D-Ill.), Gene Taylor (D-Miss.), James Oberstar (D-Minn.), Bobby Bright (D-Ala.), Steve Driehaus (D-Ohio), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Charlie Melancon (D-La.), John Murtha (D-Pa.), Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.), and Kathleen Dahlkemper (D-Pa.).

If you want to contact them or any other representative (such as, say, nearly any Republican) about this matter, NARAL has an easy-to-use e-mail form available here. Their sample letter says:

Dear Senator,

As your constituent, I'm writing to urge you to oppose any attempt that would ban reproductive-health services from being covered in the new health-care system.

I am especially concerned that anti-choice senators are pressuring the finance committee to include a ban of this kind. The result would be that women who have reproductive-health care coverage now could lose it. Reproductive-health care should be treated like any other health-care service.

As you work to ensure that more Americans have health insurance, please don't let politics interfere with this important legislation, and don't allow women's health to be put in jeopardy.

You can also read more at DailyKos. I'd love to provide more links, but so far not many people are picking up this story.

If you're curious about abortion coverage now, this is the most recent information I could find. (Know of something better? Pass it along!)

UPDATE: You can read Planned Parenthood's take at DailyKos and at Planned Parenthood's call to action site.

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Matt Osborne said...

Next, we'll argue over the health and welfare exceptions. Quote-fingers time!

GM said...

Pro life Democrats rock. Keep it up!

Rosie said...

Is that all it takes for you to root on a politician? Their stance on abortion? Are you really that easy?

Razor said...

Gabe, I believe the phrase you were looking for is "Anti-choice."


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