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Protect Life Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. ADERHOLT. Madam Speaker, I rise in strong support of this legislation, the Protect Life Act. I do want to thank the gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. Pitts) and the gentleman from Illinois (Mr. Lipinski) for this bipartisan legislation.

As we have heard during this debate, the health care legislation that was signed into law back in 2010 simply did not protect the unborn. It in no way included clear or direct provisions that would prohibit Federal funding of abortion, and the President's Executive order on this issue is totally inadequate. Executive orders can simply be rescinded at any time and cannot be relied upon to clarify such an issue at any time.

There are some people who have said the legislation that's before us today will stop women from buying health insurance coverage that includes abortion, even if they want to from their own money. According to the bill that's before us, the bill sets out and articulates that an individual may purchase plans that cover abortion with their own money. On top of that, the bill also allows a supplemental abortion policy for those who use a government subsidy to buy insurance.

So I wanted to point that out to my colleagues here this evening, and I would ask for support for this legislation.


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