Americans United for Life: All abortion, all the time

by E. Carroll

-House Democrats unveiled a” health care overhaul bill that will likely include new federal funding for abortions not covered by the Hyde Amendment, a funding restriction on abortion limited to programs funded through the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill. Leading pro-life Democrat Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) indicated this week that he and 40 like-minded, pro-life Democrats will work with Republicans to “torpedo healthcare reform” unless he gets a vote on his amendment to explicitly exclude abortion funding from health care reform.”

-AUL sent a letter to “members of the House of Representatives to express our deep concern over the life-related provisions in the bill.  Just as we expected, the ‘new’ bill does not make the changes necessary to ensure that abortion coverage and funding is excluded from health care reform.”

-Statement by Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest:

“Just as Americans United for Life had expected, the new House health care bill unveiled this morning includes the Capps Amendment language added during the Energy and Commerce Committee mark-up.  This bill will explicitly allow federal funding of abortion through the public option and permits federal subsidies to go to private insurance plans that cover abortion.  The bill also ensures that at least one health insurance plan must cover abortion in every area of the country.” 

-“The new version of health care reform unveiled by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi fails to exclude abortion funding and coverage – in fact, it explicitly includes it.”  AUL includes an analysis of the new bill.

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