Healthcare Reform in Hyde Amendment’s Shadow


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First Printed on ACSblog, December 7, 2009 &gt,

The debate over abortion coverage within the larger healthcare reform dialogue has been painfully narrow for those of us who believe that as a matter of equality, due process, and sound public health policy, abortion should be treated like other medical procedures. From early on when the so-called Capps Amendment, with the support of pro-choice members of the House, was added to the original bill, the best that abortion rights supporters could hope for was that plans within the exchange would voluntarily cover abortion, so long as federal funds were not used and were strictly segregated.

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