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Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Keep up the pressure! Tell Washington: Don't ban abortion coverage!
In just a few days, we've made a splash! Our campaign has been featured in the influential Washington morning briefing of Politico, and in Medical News Today, Feministing, RH Reality Check, On the Issues Magazine and The Wonk Room.*
Over 40 national and state women's health organizations signed on to our formal comment letter to HSS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and more than 750 people from 49 states sent personal emails to HHS. Thanks to those of you that have already raised your voices! For those of you that haven't, there's still time. We need to keep the pressure on!
Cancer, kidney disease, heart disease, multiple sclerosis…these are just a few of the serious medical conditions that can complicate a pregnancy and force families to make heart-wrenching decisions. Click on the image to watch a video that tells the real stories of real uninsured women who have needed abortions to safeguard their health.
Health care reform was supposed to help women with high-risk medical conditions by providing affordable coverage through new Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plans. But, the White House and HHS -- with no legal requirement to do so -- imposed the Stupak abortion ban on this insurance coverage. This means women with serious medical conditions can get abortion coverage only for life endangerment, rape or incest -- not to safeguard a woman's health!
We defeated the Stupak abortion ban in Congress, and we must defeat it now! We cannot let the White House play politics with the health of women who have serious medical conditions.