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Planned Parenthood: Yes to Health Reform, Despite Abortion Restriction

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Despite the federal ban on abortion funding in the new health reform law, Connecticut's leading reproductive health care provider reports, on balance, it's a big step forward for women. Abortions comprise 10 percent of services provided by New Haven-based Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, according to Judy Tabar, president and CEO. While many more clients take advantage of the organization's reproductive health services, including family planning, the new law significantly increases coverage for those services, she says.

"Family planning is really preventive care, so, if more women have access to family planning, then they'll be able to prevent an unintended pregnancy and reduce the need for abortion."

The federal ban on abortion funding isn't new, says Tabar. It simply reaffirms existing law dating back to the so-called Hyde Amendment prohibiting abortion coverage under Medicaid, she says. The organization is relieved that what was called the Stupak Amendment did not make it into the final bill, Tabar adds.

"The Stupak language would have prevented women from being able to purchase coverage for abortion services, even with their own money."

Under the law, women will have to write a separate check for abortion insurance coverage. It's estimated that about 90 percent of health insurance plans currently cover abortion.






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