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Senate Approval of Mikulski Amendment Further Opens Health Care Bill to Massive Federal Funding of Abortion
Date:12/3/2009

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Family Research Council President Tony Perkins responded today to the U.S. Senate's approval of an amendment authored by U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) to authorize the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to include abortion as "preventive care" in their guidelines. If HRSA decides to include abortion in its guidelines, then all group and individual health plans will be required by law to cover abortion.

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"Sadly, the Senate voted today to further mandate inclusion of Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest network of abortion, in a national health care scheme," said FRC President Tony Perkins. "This is a breach of faith with the American people, roughly 70 percent of whom oppose federally-funded or subsidized abortion.

"Last July, U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) queried Sen. Mikulski on a similarly deceptively worded amendment to ensure that Planned Parenthood's clinics, 295 of which perform abortions and all of which actively promote and refer for them (http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/abortion-services-abortion-referrals-25993.htm), are included in the bill's definition of community health services. When pressed, she admitted that her language would force health insurance companies to contract with abortion groups like Planned Parenthood. (see transcript below.)

"Because today's bill as written has no exclusion for abortion in its language, there is no doubt that Sen. Mikulski's amen
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