The United States House and Senate will vote after Labor Day on massive health care reform legislation. Both HR3200 in the House and the Kennedy health care bill in the Senate would represent the greatest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade. Both bills will result in federally-mandated coverage of abortion on demand in virtually all of America’s health plans. If abortion is established as an “essential benefit,” then new abortion clinics will need to be established to provide access to abortion. In addition, Missouri laws that are seen to impede access to elective abortion – such as waiting periods and parental notification requirements – may be nullified. The bills would also result in massive federal subsidies of elective abortion.
Another threat to life is that the planned cuts to Medicare to help pay for these new programs will necessarily result in rationing of medical treatment for the disabled and elderly. Inadequately funding Medicare at a time when the numbers of those eligible is greatly increasing could only result in rationing of health care, a form of involuntary euthanasia.
Now is the time for you to let your voices be heard while legislators are home for summer recess. We urge you to do the following:
1. Call the White House at 202-456-1111 and voice your opposition to the proposed health care legislation.
2. Attend town hall meetings of the Missouri senators and legislators. See list of meetings.
3. Call your legislator’s home office and urge them to oppose health care reform that doesn’t specifically exclude abortion coverage or that would result in rationing of health care. To contact your legislators please click here.
4. Write a letter to your local newspaper in opposition to this legislation. For a sample letter go here: sample letters