Planned Parenthood Renewing Push to Pass Pro-Abortion Health Care Reform Bill
by Steven Ertelt
January 26, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Planned Parenthood is renewing its efforts to push the pro-abortion health care bill in Congress as top Democrats consider passing a modified version of the Senate bill in the House and getting the Senate to railroad changes through its chamber using reconciliation.
Admitting last week was a "tough week" for the health care bill because of the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards argued for pushing forward.
"Recent setbacks, including the special election in Massachusetts, threaten to derail crucial health care reform legislation. After a full year of debate and negotiations, too many lawmakers seem ready to give up on reform altogether," Richards laments in an email LifeNews.com obtained. "We simply can’t let that happen."
Richards said that expanding abortion is at stake if the health care bill is defeated.
"We’ve never had a better chance to expand access to those who need it most we can’t let this opportunity slip away now," she said.
Richards appears to back down from previous criticism of the pro-abortion Senate health care bill — which Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion group’s don’t like because it could allow some states to opt out of funding abortions under the plan.
"It’s true, the reform bill is far from perfect. The current version includes onerous new restrictions on access to abortion these are the very restrictions you and I have been fighting against for months. I promise you that Planned Parenthood will continue to do all we can to ensure that women can purchase private insurance that covers abortion," Richards says in the email.
Ultimately, Richards calls on her pro-abortion activists to contact Congress.
She says "we need you to speak clearly to Congress today, and tell your senators and representative that women need health care reform now" and that it "needs to include" abortion coverage.
"This has been a long struggle, and it’s not over yet," she concludes.
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