The language, offered by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and other anti-abortion members, “represents an unprecedented and unacceptable restriction on women's ability to access the full range of reproductive health services to which they are lawfully entitled. We will not vote for a conference report that contains language that restricts women's right to choose any further than current law,” stated the letter, which so far has collected 40 signatures.
Stupak's language would essentially prohibit federal funds for abortion services in the bill's public option as well as disallow individuals who receive “affordability credits” under the bill's health insurance exchange from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions.
The amendment had been approved by a vote of 240-194 during floor debate on the bill, despite DeGette's protestations that it would prohibit plans on the exchange from covering an abortion even if the woman paid for the insurance with her own private money.
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