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US anti-abortion groups say health reform package should not pay for abortion

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 28 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3065
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Anti-abortion groups in the United States are protesting against proposed healthcare reform bills because they claim that they will force all Americans to pay for abortions through their tax dollars.

    Although current discussions focus on how universal health care will be funded, abortion is another potential road block to the passing of the bills.

    President Barack Obama has said that he seeks common ground on abortion and wants to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies.

    The proposed healthcare reform bills, which are working their way through committees in the House of Representatives and the Senate, do not specify what health and medical services they will cover. President Obama had called for passage of a health reform bill before Congress leaves for its August recess, but voting has been delayed until Congress returns in September (see News, …

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