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LETTER: No hidden abortion

Commentary • Mar 23, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Before jumping on the anti-reform bandwagon, take the time to read the bill, or at least pages 2069- 2078 which deal with abortion funding: If a health care plan provides abortion coverage, no government funding can be used to pay for those services. The only exceptions are those covered by current law in the case of rape, incest or to save a mother's life. The latter section deals with insurance companies who wish to offer coverage through exchanges. If a provider offers abortion coverage, it would need to collect a minimum contribution ($1) from every enrollee to be put in a seperate coverage pool for the procedure. If an individual does not want his or her dollar going toward abortion coverage, he or she can select a different plan. No force, just choice.

Most major insurance companies offer this coverage if requested. So even though your personal or employee plan may not cover it, the parent company most likely does. You may need to cancel your health insurance to insure your premium dollars are never used for abortion because the money all goes back to the home company.

Abortions are the smallest part of what Planned Parenthood does. With more than 850 clinics in the U.S. they treated more than 3 million clients last year. More than 89 percent of the people they treated were not getting abortions. PP treats men and children as well. For many, PP is the only viable medical care they receive: routine physicals, cancer screening, mammograms, birth control, family planning, prenatal care, testing and treating STDs, menopause treatment, vaccines, screening for colon, prostrate and testicular cancer, pediatric care, infertility, vasectomies, tubal ligation, screening for diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid and anemia. Eliminating Planned Parenthood would deny greatly needed care and increase unwanted pregnancies.

Stacey Tillman


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