About 65,000 Americans have signed a petition demanding Congress exclude abortion from healthcare legislation.
The American Center for Law and Justice launched the nationwide petition campaign July 20, to urge lawmakers to remove abortion as a mandatory "health benefit" in any government and private insurance plans.
"Abortion must never become a mandated 'health benefit' in our country," Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ, said.
Click the player to hear Family Research Council President Tony Perkins explain why he thinks this plan will deny care and deny life.
The majority of people went online to sign the petition. Click here to view and sign the ACLJ Petition to Stop An Abortion Mandate.
The ACLJ's petition comes as Congress moves closer to a national overhaul on healthcare legislation pushed by the Obama administration.
"The President Obama-backed healthcare package is certain to result in a disturbing change that will make abortion part of the mandatory health care services to be covered by both government and private insurance plans," Sekulow said.
The ACLJ campaign memo calls on Congress to exclude abortion as a health benefit from any government mandated coverage or taxpayer funded health plan.
"This open door must be closed," Sekulow said. "We're confident the American people will understand the grave dangers of this legislation and demand that Congress exclude abortion from any mandated health coverage."
Two of three House committees and one Senate committee have approved their versions of healthcare reform. The Obama Administration is pushing to pass a completed overhaul measure before the August recess.
Parts of this story originally aired July 20, 2009.