Yesterday, Senator Nelson introduced an amendment based on the language of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which passed at the last minute as part of the House’s health care bill.
Debate on the amendment has begun on the Senate floor and a vote may occur soon. This amendment goes much further than the Hyde Amendment, which currently does not allow the use of public funds for abortions. This and the Stupak Amendment instead say that no plan receiving federal subsidies, nor the public option, may provide abortion coverage. Effectively, women who purchase coverage with their own money through a federally subsidized plan or a private plan that includes individuals receiving federal subsidies will be banned from purchasing abortion coverage.
Please contact your Senator today and tell them that health care reform should not come at the expense of women’s reproductive rights.