The health care battle isn’t over yet. And anti-choice Members of Congress are hard at work as we speak.
As Congressional leaders work to iron out differences between the House and Senate health care reform bills, anti-choice Members of Congress — led by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) — are working to ensure that final health reform legislation, in effect, bans abortion coverage.
It’s time to stop Stupak now. Contact your Members of Congress today and demand health care reform that works for women and covers abortion care.
Don’t let anti-choice Members of Congress like Bart Stupak and Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) take away coverage from women in health care reform. We need affordable, accessible, and comprehensive health care that includes coverage for abortion care.
I am concerned about the inclusion of language in health care legislation that puts obstacles in the path of women who need access to abortion care.
The Stupak-Pitts amendment in the House bill prevents women from using their own personal funds to purchase an insurance plan that includes abortion coverage in the new health insurance exchanges -- taking away essential coverage that most insurance plans provide today. Senator Ben Nelson's addition to the Senate bill also contains an unworkable and unfair approach to abortion coverage by imposing arbitrary and burdensome hurdles to secure access to abortion care.
Health care reform is important to me because it will provide access and stop the practice of charging women higher premiums based on gender and denials by insurance companies for having had a Caesarean section or suffered domestic abuse under the guise that these were "pre-existing conditions." It will also provide other major protections for women.
But women should not have to make a trade-off between trying to stop an erosion of coverage for abortion care and trying to eliminate other unfair and discriminatory practices against women in health reform.