ABC news has reported that Bart Stupak and 11 other House members will not vote for the Health Care bill due to abortion language. Stupak claims the language is not restrictive enough to prevent federal dollars from being used to fund abortions. ABC News Article
- The Senate health care bill mandates that insurance companies will collect $1 per month from every enrolled member towards federally funded reproductive health services.
- The federal government would directly subsidize abortions claims Stupak.
- In addition every enrollee in the Office of Personnel Management will also have to pay the $1 per month.
The 7 billion raised would go to 1200 community health care centers across the United States largely run by Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood primarily provides reproductive services including abortions to the uninsured in this country.
- The Hyde Amendment which specifically bans Medicaid from covering elective abortions does not apply to the Senate bill.
Personally I do not wish to contribute either directly or indirectly to abortions. I certainly don't want to be mandated by my government to do it. Mandating that every citizen contribute to the reproductive care of others is unconstitutional.