Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tell Sen. Reid: Stop Abortion Coverage Ban: Deadline: Nov 13

Stop Abortion Coverage Ban
The House passed an anti-choice measure that would essentially eliminate insurance coverage for abortion in the new system.
Help us fight back and stop the ban on women's insurance coverage for abortion.
Anti-choice politics shouldn't trump women's health in Congress. It's unacceptable.
Yet that's what happened when the House passed the last-minute anti-choice Stupak-Pitts amendment to its health-reform bill.
We cannot let this attack stand in the Senate.
Sign our petition calling on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to save abortion coverage and ensure that the same ban is not included in the Senate's bill.
I can't stress this strongly enough: we must win in the Senate to keep millions of women from losing their private insurance coverage for abortion in the new health-care system.
A vote to ban insurance coverage for abortion in the new system will come down to the wire, so we must call on Majority Leader Reid to stand strong against this attack from the outset.
We need to deliver our petitions to Majority Leader Reid by the end of the week before the bill is brought to the floor, so add your name by 12 noon (EST) on Friday, November 13.
Here is what will happen if the Senate adopts the same Stupak-Pitts amendment that passed in the House bill:
  • It will be virtually impossible for private insurance companies that participate in the new system to offer abortion coverage to women.
  • This would have the effect of denying women the right to use their own personal, private funds to purchase an insurance plan with abortion coverage in the new health system — a radical departure from the status quo. Presently, more than 85 percent of private insurance plans cover abortion services.
We must win in the Senate. That's why we need to fight back today.
Stand up for women's access to abortion and sign our petition to Majority Leader Reid.
Thank you for standing with us during this fight.

Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

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