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Pelosi Bill Will fund Abortions

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Pelosi Bill Will fund Abortions

Mr. Speaker, health care reform should not be used as an opportunity to use Federal funds to pay for elective abortions. Health reform should be an opportunity to protect human life, not end it. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is proposing a 2,032-page government takeover of health care that directs the new government-run plan to cover elective abortions. There is no getting around it. Under Speaker's PELOSI's government takeover of health care, Federal funds will be used to pay for abortions under the government-run plan and to subsidize individual plans that include abortion.

As an alternative to Speaker Pelosi's bill, House Republicans are offering a commonsense, responsible solution that would reduce health care costs and expand access while protecting the dignity of all human life. The Republican plan would codify the Hyde amendment and prohibit all authorized and appropriated Federal funds from being used to pay for abortions.

Under the Republican plan, any health plan that includes abortion coverage may not receive Federal funds. As a doctor with more than 30 years' experience, I will be voting ``no'' on the Pelosi health care bill that will destroy life instead of protect it.

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