National Right to Life
letter to Senator Casey:
Your "compromise" does not
fix abortion problems
WASHINGTON (December 18,
2009) -- The National Right to Life
the federation of right-to-life
organizations in all 50 states, today
sent a letter to Senator Robert Casey, Jr.
(D-Pa.), expressing its strong opposition to
language Casey proposed regarding subsidies
for insurance plans that cover abortion on
NRLC Legislative Director
Douglas Johnson and Senior Legislative
Counsel Susan T. Muskett wrote, in part:
We believe that your proposed
language in no way improves the highly
objectionable provisions of the Reid bill
that authorize subsidies for health plans
that cover elective abortion, and that
authorize federal mandates for private
health plans to cover elective abortion.
Reid bill, as modified by your proposal,
would effectively enshrine in federal law
the doctrine that elective abortion is
routine health care, and then deign to allow
individual citizens to declare themselves to
be conscientious objectors. This is a
political fig leaf for a pro-abortion policy
– and a cellophane fig leaf, at that.
On December 8, the Senate
tabled an amendment sponsored by Senators
Ben Nelson (D-Ne.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Ut.)
that would have removed elective abortion
from the new federal programs that would be
created by pending health care legislation.
also notes that the already objectionable
abortion provisions in the Reid bill were
made worse on December 3 when the Senate
adopted the Mikulski Amendment. The
Mikulski Amendment empowers the Department
of Health and Human Services to compel every
private health plan in the country to
include coverage of all abortions, merely by
listing abortion as a “preventive” service.
Senator Ben Nelson voted against the
Mikulski Amendment for this reason.
As NRLC explained in a November 30 letter
to the Senate opposing the Mikulski
Amendment, some pro-abortion authorities
have already started describing abortion as
a “preventive” health service.
A PDF of the NRLC letter to
Senator Casey is available here:
The National Right to Life
Committee, the nation's largest pro-life
group, is a federation of affiliates in all
50 states and 3,000 local chapters