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Congress Debates Whether Health Care Should Cover Abortion

As politicians debate healthcare reform, one predictable issue has prevailed as a possible sticking point: abortion. Congress must decide whether government-subsidized health insurance will help pay for abortion.

A law on the books since 1976 forbids Medicaid (a healthcare subsidy for impoverished Americans) from paying for abortion; but now that widespread reform (which will impact many more Americans) is on the table again, the question of whether to cover the legal procedure is being asked again.

Right now, 90 percent of insurers cover abortion. Some members of congress want subsidies that would help lower income earning Americans buy insurance to come with a big string attached: the money could not be used to purchase a plan that covers abortion.

Why is abortion singled out in the healthcare debate and not treated like any other legal medical procedure? In the end, it will be poorer women who lack access to reproductive health care.

Do you think the government should ban federal money from covering abortions?

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