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Roe Calls for Exemption from Abortion Mandate in Healthcare Reform Plan

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Washington, July 16, 2009 | comments
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Dr. Phil Roe (TN-1) participated in a press conference to explain how the current draft of the House healthcare reform bill will result in publicly funded abortions and a mandate that would force private insurers to cover abortion.

Under the proposed legislation, virtually every individual will be required to have health care coverage that meets “minimum benefits standards” established by the administration. Those minimum benefits will include abortion unless Congress acts to explicitly exclude abortion from any government mandated coverage or taxpayer funded health plan. Historical experience with federal statutes demonstrates that if abortion is not explicitly excluded, administrative agencies and the courts will mandate it.

“I am appalled this so-called health care reform legislation will mandate taxpayer-funded abortion coverage for nearly every insurance plan in America,” said Roe. “The new Democratic majority has already started removing protections for medical professionals who do not want to perform abortions. It is outrageous they are now trying to sneak abortion coverage into their health care bill that so clearly goes against what the majority of Americans want. This is unlawful and goes against the right of conscience.”

Current legislation will result in mandated abortion coverage for nearly every insurance plan in America. Any individual without a plan that includes abortion will be charged a 2% tax and every employer that doesn’t offer health insurance that includes abortion will be charged an 8% tax. Pro-life Americans will be forced to be unwitting participants as the abortion industry uses this law mainstream the destruction of human life into America’s health care industry that has always been about saving and nurturing human life, not taking it.


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