Pro-Lifers Suspicious of New Health Care Bill

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WASHINGTON -- Pro-life groups are warning about the new health care legislation presented by Senate Finance Committee chairman, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.
They say it would fund, and sometimes mandate, abortion coverage.

Mary Harned, with Americans United for Life, spoke with CBN News about pro-life concerns over the bill. Click play to watch, following this report.
Starting next week, the Senate Finance Committee health care reform bill will go through some changes through the amendment process.

It's almost certain pro-life senators will try to add language to the bill that would specifically prohibit tax payer dollars going to fund abortions.

Pro-life groups have real problems with the current Senate bill because they say it allows people to receive government tax credits to be used for health care plans that cover abortions.

In addition, the bill also requires at least one health care plan in each region of the country to cover abortions.

And there's another problem: The National Right to Life points out that the bill will lead to rationed care for the elderly because Medicare doctors would have their payments cut if they didn't reduce their services by a certain amount.

Now the White House has a decision to make: If they decide to give the pro-lifers the language they want, they run the risk of major backlash from pro-choice groups who would be terribly disappointed.

But if the White House stands firm, they run the risk of alienating pro-life and moderate Catholics who helped President Barack Obama win election in places like Ohio and Pennsylvania.

It's important to note that this is about more than pleasing pro-lifers. Polling indicates that Americans are just simply not keen on the idea of federal funds going towards abortions in any way, shape, or form.

But while the president says the bills won't fund abortions, the language and fine details are murky at best.

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