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July 21, 2009

Health Care Reform With Abortion Strings Attached?

Pro-life organizations are launching efforts to combat proposed health care reform that could fund abortions. The groups' concern revolves around the definition of the "essential benefits" that would be mandated for all insurers to cover under any new plan.

The New York Times reported last weekend that an Obama administration official did not rule out the possibility that abortion could be covered. Peter R. Orszag, the White House budget director, said: "I am not prepared to say explicitly that right now. It's obviously a controversial issue, and it's one of the questions that is playing out in this debate."

Pro-life groups are concerned that abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood will succeed in defining abortion as an element of "women's basic health care." Several leaders will participate in "Stop the Abortion Mandate" webcast at 9 p.m. Eastern on Thursday. The speakers will include Mike Huckabee, Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, Kristen Day of Democrats for Life, James Dobson of Focus on the Family, and Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC).

Newsweek reports that the abortion issue could be the true "stumbling block" to the health care reform plan and extend negotiations past the summer.

… the two versions of a reform bill currently on the table—one from the House and another from the Senate's Health Committee—do not list covered benefits, and that could make it easier to finesse the abortion issue. They leave coverage decisions up to an independent commission or the Department of Health and Human Services.

According to the NRLC, if the bill being discussed by the House now does not include language that explicitly prevents the federal funding of abortion services, "those procedures will be mandated as essential services." On the other side, Planned Parenthood has launched its own campaign, asking people to contact their congressmen about making reproductive health care a priority.

Republicans tried unsuccessfully to restrict abortion coverage in House committees last week. Twenty House Democrats told House Democratic leaders stating they "cannot support any health care reform proposal unless it explicitly excludes abortion from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan."

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I'm going to go out on a limb and presume that your "exclude abortion" approach to health care reform is related to (if not based on) your christianity. Do you also then believe that ALL of our laws should also be based on your religious beliefs?
If so, please consider this: If our laws were based on the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses (instead of christians'), how would you feel about blood transfusions being excluded?
The point here should be obvious - laws must be secular to protect everyone's religious liberty. That said, regardless of anyone's beliefs, abortion (which IS a legal medical procedure) is without question an important part of women's health care. To say otherwise is simply advocating that one groups' opinions/beliefs be made law, to the exclusion of the beliefs of all others.
Please, leave the medical decisions up to the doctor and patient & keep religion in houses of worship and families, where they belong.
Thank you for the opportunity.

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When are we going to start being equally as concerned for the health of the developing babies as we are their mothers? How about "health care" for them?

Also, great point about excluding divine revelation (e.g., the Bible) as a source from which to formulate law. Now where did we get the laws prohibiting murder, theft, and the like? Our forefathers dreamed them up, right? Then where'd they get the laws (or the principles from which the laws were derived)? Some even more ancient civilization? A consensus from a hodgepodge of civilizations? Where'd those civilizations get their ideas of what is lawful? Classical Greek philosophers? At the end of the day, how do we evaluate all of these laws and principles? Mob rule? Political power? I do hope you are intelligent enough to perceive the quandary here.

Interesting that the murder of the unborn is considered health care. I thought health care should be to keep one alive, to take care of one, care doesn't mean kill and kill with pain especially without benefit of a trial or facing your accuser. The Nazis who used pregnant women to figure out abortion or the way of killing the unborn they didn't want born called it experimenting and race cleansing. They got rid of the kid so they could use the women for free slave labor and to keep another Jew from being born. Now instead of calling it race cleansing, we call killing the baby women's health care. What a sickening twist of words. And, decent American men loss their lives in WWII over stopping this cleansing of the unwanted. I'll bet they're turning over in their graves as when they went to war it sure wasn't for a creapy nation with a sick government with no morals making laws permitting the cleansing of the unborn. Our soldiers fought the Nazis to stop the cleansing of the unborn not for what this country stands for today. How proud are our law makers that they have made this country into what the Nazis would be bragging about and worshiping. I wonder if under the new hate crime bill if those doing abortion will be considered bigoted and hateful against the unborn. Abortion is the biggest hate crime there is, against someone who can't even protect themselves, committed no crime, has had no trial and are killed because they're a inconvenience and a future baby that will have to be raised. If that isn't hate, I don't know what is.

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