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11 Jan National Right to Life sends Letter to House Reps

What appears below is the text of a letter sent by NRLC to certain members of the U.S. House of Representatives, contrasting the abortion-related provisions of the House-passed and Senate-passed health care bills. January 9, 2010 The Honorable [Member] U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Congressman [ ]: As the process commences of producing a final health care bill, containing components of the differing bills passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate, we are writing to share the perspective of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of right-to-life organizations in the 50 states, regarding the minimal criteria that we believe should apply to the provisions that implicate abortion. We believe that the House-passed bill (H.R. 3962), as revised by the Stupak-Pitts Amendment that was adopted by the House on November 7, 2009, by a vote of 240-194, meets the minimal requirements explained below, with respect to abortion policy. Regrettably, the House-passed bill and the Senate-passed bill (H.R. 3590) are far more divergent on abortion policy matters than one would understand on the basis of accounts in the news media. In reality, the Senate-passed bill contains provisions that would ultimately result in substantial expansions of abortion, driven by federal administrative decrees and federal subsidies. Any member of the House who does not wish to support legislation that will produce such sweeping pro-abortion results must make their support for a final bill, on both procedural and direct votes, contingent on inclusion of the elements described below.
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