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Contacting Nevada Congressmen and Senators

Nevada Congressmen

Shelley Berkley
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Telephone:
Washington DC:
(202) 225-5965
Toll free:
(877) 409-2488
Las Vegas:
(702) 220- 9823

Dean Heller
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Telephone:
Washington DC:
(202) 225-6155
Reno:
(775) 686-5760
Elko:
(775) 777-7920
Las Vegas:
(702) 255-1651

Dina Titus
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Telephone:
Washington, DC:
(202) 225-3252
Henderson:
(702) 387-4941

Nevada Senators

Harry Reid
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Telephone:
Washington DC:
(202) 224-3542
Las Vegas:
(702) 388- 5020
Reno:
(775) 686-5750
Carson City:
(775) 882-7343

John Ensign
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Telephone:
Washington DC: (202) 224-6244
TDD: (202) 224-7638
Las Vegas:
(702) 388-6605
Reno:
(775) 686-5770
Carson City:
(775) 885-9111

 

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News From Nevada LIFE

September 30, 2009

Reid Shills For Planned Parenthood, Abortion Industry.

  • Says Abortion Not In Bills

  • Only Covers Rape, Incest Life Of Mother

Harry Reid says it's a myth to say that abortion is funded by the current health care bills. Reid knows better. These bills will fund and subsidize abortion and lead to the largest increases in abortion since Roe v. Wade.

Reid Is Wrong. Health Care Bills FUND ALL Abortions.

In Harry Reid's telephone town hall meeting on August 28, 2008, Marie Kissinger of Sparks, NV asked: "I want to ask if you're going to support a bill that includes payment for abortions" (45:10 into recording).

Reid responded, "The first question's really easy. . . . none of the three House bills, . . . the one Senate bill, none of them -- use any taxpayer dollars for abortions. . . The House bill states, and I quote, health insurance providers aren't required to or prohibited from offering abortion coverage. The cost of such coverage would be exclusively paid by premiums, not by public subsidies. Public funding of abortion would be permitted only as under current law under the so- called Hyde Amendment, which is in the case of rape, incest, or when the woman's life is in danger. That's been the law in the country for several decades." Earlier in the town hall (see 4:30), Reid called taxpayer funding a myth.

Reid's answer is an evasion. He's trying to say the bill does not pay for or subsidize abortion without saying he won't vote for one that does. But payment and subsidies for abortion are in the bill. They will fund all abortions, not just abortions for rape, incest and the life of the mother. Reid may vote against public funding and subsidies under pressure from Nevada voters, but Reid told the Weekly Standard that he "could" support a national health care bill that provided coverage for abortion.

Is abortion covered by the House Bill? Reid's own answer shows it is. He says health insurers are not required in the House bill to pay for abortion, but they are NOT prohibited from doing so.

The Capps Amendment to HR 3200 clearly authorizes the government to pay for abortion under the public option, and it subsidizes private plans in the proposed health exchange that provide abortion. Both are a break from long standing policy of not paying for abortions or subsidizing plans that do.

The amendment says: "In the case of a qualified health benefits plan, the plan is not required (or prohibited) under this Act from providing coverage of services described in paragraph (4) (A) or (4)(B) (explanation 2 paragraphs below) and the QHBP offering entity shall determine whether such coverage is provided."

This means that "qualified health care benefit packages" (QHBPs) can cover abortion. Those plans will be subsidized with government funding.

The amendment also says "The public health insurance option shall provide coverage for services described in paragraph (4)(B). Nothing in this Act shall be construed as preventing the public health insurance option from providing for or prohibiting coverage of services described in paragraph (4) (A)."

All abortions will be covered in the House Bill. The "services described in paragraphs (4) (A)" and "(4) (B)" are abortions-all abortions. Abortions in paragraph (4) (B) are abortions for rape, incest and the life of the mother. The Hyde Amendment allows taxpayer funding for those abortions. The abortions under paragraph (4) (A) are those abortions prohibited by the Hyde Amendment-abortions for reasons OTHER THAN abortions for rape, incest or the life of the mother-or 95 percent of all abortions.

This means that the Capps amendment to the House bill would authorize funding for abortion on demand throughout pregnancy for the public option and subsidize "qualifying health care benefits plans" which cover abortion. This represents a dramatic break from decades of federal policy under which federal funds do not pay for abortions and do not subsidize insurance plans that cover abortions, except for abortions for rape, incest and the life of the mother. Public funding of abortion on demand will lead to massive increases in abortion.

It's time for "pro-life" Harry Reid to come clean, stop shilling for Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry and tell the truth about this important public policy issue.

 

How To Contact Your Nevada Congressman.

Shelley Berkley
Click here to email Congresswoman Berkley
Or call her at her
Washington Office: (202) 225- 5965
Toll free: (877) 409-2488
Las Vegas District Office: (702) 220- 9823

Dean Heller
Click Here To Email Congressman Heller
Or call him at his:
Washington D.C Office.: (202) 225- 6155
Reno Office (775) 686-5760
Elko Office (775) 777-7920
Las Vegas Office (702) 255-1651

Congressman Dina Titus
Click Here To Email Congressman Titus
Or call her at her:
Washington, DC Office: (202) 225- 3252
Henderson Office: (702) 387-4941

How to Contact Your Nevada Senator

Senator Harry Reid
Click Here To Email Senator Reid
Or call him at his:
Washington D.C. Office: (202) 224-3542
Las Vegas Office: (702) 388- 5020
Reno Office: (775) 686-5750
Carson City Office: (775) 882-7343

Senator John Ensign
Click Here To Email Senator Ensign
Or call him at his:
Washington D.C. Office: (202) 224-6244
TDD: (202) 224-7638
Las Vegas Office: (702) 388-6605
Reno Office: (775) 686-5770
Carson City Office: (775) 885-9111

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