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Roe Strongly Supports the Pitts/Stupak Amendment

Amendment prohibits using federal dollars to fund abortions

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Washington, November 7, 2009 | comments
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1) issued the following statement in support of an amendment offered by Representatives Joseph Pitts (R-PA) and Bart Stupak (D-MI) that would prohibit federal funding of abortions under H.R. 3962 – Democrats health care plan:

“I strongly support the Pitts/Stupak amendment because it would prevent the Democratic health reform bill from allowing taxpayer dollars to subsidize abortions. It is outrageous they trying to sneak abortion coverage into their health care bill that so clearly goes against what the majority of Americans want.

“While I support this amendment, this will not change my opposition to H.R. 3962.”

Under H.R. 3962, 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.

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