Congressman Parker Griffith joined with 50 bi-partisan Members to introduce the Protect Life Act, legislation to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to prevent federal funding for abortion or abortion coverage through government exchanges, community health centers, or any other program funded or created by PPACA. Additionally, the bill protects the right of conscience for health care professionals and ensures that private insurance companies are not forced to cover abortion.
"As a physician of 30 years, and more importantly as a father and grandfather, I know how vital it is to protect life," said Dr. Griffith. "This bill protects the unborn and amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to prevent federal funding for abortion or abortion coverage through government exchanges, community health centers, or any other program funded or created by PPACA.
"A clear majority of Americans oppose federal funding for abortion. The new health care law lacks critical safeguards to prevent this from happening, therefore, I have co-sponsored the Protect Life Act."
The Protect Life Act would afford the same pro-life protections that were approved with bipartisan support in the House last year.
Dr. Griffith voted against the two health care reform bills as they fail to control cost and will decrease access and quality of care for the people who need it most - the middle class American, the small business men and women, and most importantly our children. He has pledged to stand resolute with his colleagues to repeal the new health care bill.