WASHINGTON (BP)--Pro-life advocates in both political parties, as well as leading anti-abortion organizations, are calling for abortion coverage to be explicitly excluded from health-care reform legislation, with some warning the current proposals present the greatest threat to unborn children since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
President Obama has been pushing Congress to approve a massive overhaul of the country's health-care system before its month-long recess, which is scheduled to begin in early August. While critics have expressed opposition on a number of fronts to the measures introduced in both the Senate and House of Representatives, protests about the potential for government-subsidized abortions under the plans have mounted recently.
Several Republican House members spoke out against the abortion implications in the health-care measures at a July 14 news conference on Capitol Hill, with some charging that abortion would be mandated in not only the government-run health-care option but the private insurance plans with which it would compete. On June 25, 19 pro-life Democrats wrote Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to say they would not support health-care reform "unless it explicitly excludes abortion" from any government-subsidized plan.
Pro-life organizations, meanwhile, have been sounding the alarm as well, sometimes using the name of the 1973 Supreme Court opinion that legalized abortion to demonstrate the potential repercussions of the proposals. Read More