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Abortion Issues Complicate Health Care Reform Effort

August 3, 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A number of lawmakers opposed to abortion are speaking out on national health care reform proposals, claiming that tax dollars could be used for abortion services, or what they call an abortion mandate.

But Laurie Rubiner, vice president of public policy and advocacy with Planned Parenthood, says the abortion rhetoric distracts from the main goal of reform, providing coverage for 47 million uninsured Americans. And she dismisses talk of any supposed abortion mandate.

"Nothing could be further from the truth. There is nothing in any of the health care bills that even references abortion, or, for that matter, any other specific medical procedure."

Rubiner says her organization has a straightforward health care reform goal.

"Our message all along has been very simple: Women can not be worse off under health care reform than they are today."

Lawmakers will be hearing opinions on health care reform as they visit home districts during this month's summer recess.

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Dan Gordon, Public News Service - TN