Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Sex, Abortions and Health Insurance
Posted by Quang Nguyen
The latest stupefying complication in the health care reform debate comes in the form of the Stupak-Pitts amendment in proposed House legislation that would prohibit companies from offering policies covering abortions in subsidized health insurance exchanges.
Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah, has vowed to insert similar language into the Senate version of the bill.
Reproductive rights activists are outraged, but others argue they are overreacting.
What are a few more restrictions on abortion, given what we already have in place? If health insurance reform passes, after all, the expansion of medical services to low-income women, including improved family planning services, would compensate for the risks of paying for abortions out-of-pocket.
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