Nelson-Reid Language Still Subsidizes Abortion
IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 20, 2009
Don Nelson, Nevada LIFE, 775-530-0029
The following statement can
be attributed to Nevada LIFE President Don Nelson:
Nevada LIFE opposes the Reid health
care bill for its abortion funding provisions and rejects
the language Senator Ben Nelson has agreed to. The
language Nelson agreed to will fund abortion throughout
pregnancy for any reason at taxpayer expense by providing
subsidies to purchase insurance from insurance companies
that cover abortion. This explodes the “status quo” on
abortion and overturns the longstanding and widely
supported policy of not using federal government funds for
abortion. Federal subsidies will be provided to tens of
millions of people at taxpayer expense and lead to the
most massive increases in abortion since Roe. Reid’s
claim that his bill will save lives ignores the lives of
innocent unborn children who will be destroyed due to
Reid’s abortion funding bill.
States would be able to opt out of
abortion coverage, but it appears that they would have to
pass laws to do so. It’s not clear that Nevada’s
current provisions against taxpayer funding of abortion
would apply. No matter what Nevadans do, Nevada
taxpayers will be paying for abortions in other states.
The Mikulski amendment passed by
the Senate on December 3 makes matters worse and empowers
the Secretary of Health and Human Services to compel every
health care provider in America to provide abortion
coverage. While it does not mandate that abortion be
covered, it allows the Department of Health and Human
Services to mandate every private health plan in the
country cover all abortions, merely by listing abortion as
a “preventive” service”. Mandatory abortion coverage will
depend on who is president and who he or she appoints to
be secretary of health and human services.
There is much more wrong with the
bill, but Senator Reid alone is responsible for the
abortion provisions in the health care reform bill and
could easily have left abortion funding and subsidies out.
Reid could have just as easily included the House's
Stupak Amendment to prohibit government funding and
subsidies of abortion. Reid knew it takes 60 votes to put
abortion language in or take it out of the bill. By
including abortion language that will fund abortion
throughout pregnancy for any reason Reid made his choice
to give abortion advocates the advantage.
A final vote is
scheduled for Christmas Eve
when Americans will be giving and opening gifts to
celebrate the gift of a baby- the birth of Jesus Christ.
Meanwhile Senator Harry Reid has scheduled a vote for his
abortion laden health care reform bill for Christmas Eve.
Harry Reid is giving abortions for Christmas.