Monday, November 9, 2009

URGENT: Anti-choice amendment approved in House Health Reform Bill

The Stupak-Pitts amendment passed in the House's version of the Health Reform bill this Saturday. This amendment bans all insurance policies offered through the new proposed Health Exchange from covering abortion. This means that all of the people who participate in any of the insurance policies included in the new Health Exchange will not have coverage for abortion – even if they purchase the policy privately and without any government subsidies.

This is a huge assault to women and our ability to access abortion, especially those of us with low and middle incomes. In partnership with NARAL Pro-Choice America and other national organizations, we will work hard to ensure similar language and amendments are not included in the Senate or final version of the Health Reform bill. We will be in touch with you and all NARAL Pro-Choice New York supporters throughout the week with updates and to strategize for the work ahead.

One action that you can take now is to thank or express your opposition to your House Representative for their vote on the Stupak-Pitts amendment. If even possible, one positive in all this is that all New York Representatives, except for Rep. Chris Lee (NY-26) and Rep. Peter King (NY-3) voted against this anti-choice, anti-women amendment. Please make your voice heard and contact your Representative today.

*To find your Rep. and their contact information, click here: www.house.gov
*To find out how your Rep. voted on the Stupak-Pitts amendment, click here: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll884.xml

Thank you all for your on-going commitment to taking action in support of reproductive choice. We will be in touch again soon.

My best,
Lalena


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Lalena Howard, MSW
Community Organizer
NARAL Pro-Choice New York
470 Park Avenue South, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10016
646-520-3506
lhoward@prochoiceny.org
www.prochoiceny.org

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