News From Nevada LIFE
August 11, 2009
Planned Parenthood Is Wrong:
Americans Do Not Want Health Care To Cover Abortion
Dear Right To Life Friend,
Do most American's support taxpayer funding of abortion
and would most Americans be opposed to health care
reform if it did not include abortion coverage? Of
course not. But that's not stopping Planned Parenthood
and abortion advocates from saying so.
Planned Parenthood Is Wrong: Americans Do Not Want
Health Care To Cover Abortion.
In last Wednesday's
Reno Gazette Journal, the local Planned Parenthood
spokesperson Alison Gaulden claimed that "A recent poll
by the Mellman Group shows that a majority of Americans
would be opposed to health care reform if it did not
include reproductive health care, including abortion."
This flies in the face of recent polling of Americans on
abortion. For instance,
a November, 2008 Zogby poll asked if "a bill that
would force many employers to provide health insurance
to their employees" should "require insurance plans pay
for abortions when the abortions are performed as a
method of birth control?" 71 percent said no. Only 20
percent said yes.
71 percent told the Polling Company that they oppose
"using tax dollars to pay for abortions here in the
United States." 69 percent also told Zogby that they
opposed lifting the Hyde Amendment which prohibits
taxpayer funding of abortion.
Other recent polling shows that a majority of
Americans are pro-life.
Well, what about the Mellman Group Poll that Planned
Parenthood and others cite as showing Americans would be
opposed to health care reform if it didn't include
abortion? When a Weekly Standard reporter noted that
this poll flew in the face of the polls mention above,
he asked to see poll's questions, "A
National Women's Law Center spokesperson refused to
provide the text of the questions polled to THE WEEKLY
STANDARD." A press release claiming a poll says
something this dramatic without providing the actual
questions is worthless. The Standard reporter called it
a junk poll.
Family Research Council's Tony Perkins, writing two
weeks after the Weekly Standard, says one of the poll
questions or statements respondents were read was this:
"There are many medical reasons why women need
abortions, including high-risk pregnancies that endanger
the mother's life and miscarriages. Only women and their
doctors should make these difficult medical decisions,
not Congress. Politicians should not play politics with
women's health by singling out abortion in an otherwise
comprehensive health care reform plan."
It's no wonder why National Women's Law Center refused
to provide the questions. This is like asking whether or
not abortion should be legal for the life of the mother
and reporting that everyone who supports abortion for
that one rare reason only supports all abortion. This is
a junk poll and irrelevant to the question of whether or
not insurance companies should be forced to pay for
elective abortion/abortion on demand. Including these
rare exceptions into this question and saying it means
people support Planned Parenthoods policy of funding of
abortion on demand throughout pregnancy for any reason
makes Planned Parenthood guilty, in Gaulden's words, of
spreading lies, misinformation and is reprehensible.
Americans do not want taxpayers paying for abortions and
they do not want insurance companies to be forced to
cover and pay for it either.
You are making a difference. Please keep making calls
and send emails. Go to a town hall meeting. Write a
letter to the editor. Contact information for your
Congressman and Senators is to the side. Tell them that
"abortion must be explicitly excluded from any health
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