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Washington Update: Abortion Funding Not in Health-Care Bill

The health-care reform debate in Washington, D.C., has many components, but one that has drawn enormous attention from the pro-life community is a concern over whether health-care reform would provide funding for abortions.

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Jim Wallis wrote a blog post two weeks ago about the issue, when it was still unclear what direction the Congress would take. Last night, a key committee in the House of Representatives voted on how the issue would be addressed in their version of the bill.

Here is what they decided, as reported in a NY Times article (emphasis added):

On Thursday night, the Energy and Commerce Committee also voted to allow health plans to cover or not cover abortion, as they see fit, but stipulated that insurers must use money from private sources to pay for any abortions

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