People for the American Way, NARAL and other pro-choice groups seek to gather 20,000 petition signatures to deliver to Senator Harry Reid to not put the Stupak-Pitss, or similar language, in the final health care reform bill. So far, 11,000 signatures have been gathered. Read the message from PFWA and add your signature. Take action now.
The most fundamental reproductive freedom — the right to choose, as upheld by Roe v. Wade and several subsequent Supreme Court decisions — has been chipped away at for years. Over the weekend, anti-choice members of the House of Representatives decided that instead of a chisel, they would take a jackhammer to women’s rights.
Entangling anti-choice politics with health care reform, an amendment was added at the last minute to the health care reform bill that passed the House on Saturday. The Stupak-Pitts amendment takes the incredibly audacious step of making it virtually impossible for private insurance companies participating in the new health care system to cover abortion services. This effectively denies women the right to use their own personal funds to purchase an insurance plan that includes abortion coverage.
We cannot let this amendment survive in the Senate.
Sen. Reid can help by making sure the Stupak amendment is not included in the bill that is brought to the Senate floor and that any effort to insert the language is defeated. It’s vital that he and other senators take this important stand for women — their rights and their health.
While the advance of much-needed health care reform legislation should be celebrated, this added provision is incredibly dangerous and undermines freedom of choice in this country. It is a radical departure from current law and must be rejected.
Currently, more than 85 percent of private plans include coverage for abortion services. Millions of women entering the new health care system could lose the coverage they already have.
Please sign on to the petition now and please ask others you know to do the same.
We are not talking about the public funding of abortions — we are talking about the government banning abortion in the new health care system, effectively taking the right to choose from many women.
This is one we can’t lose.
— People For the American Way