|January 18, 2008|
When the Senate goes back into session on January 22, it will consider the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, S. 1200. Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) will offer an amendment to this bill to codify a longstanding policy against funding abortions with federal Indian Health Service (IHS) funds except to save the life of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest.
The Hyde amendment restricts the federal funding of abortion through Medicaid, but this policy did not apply to the IHS because it was funded through a different appropriations bill. IHS continued to pay for abortion-on-demand until 1982 when the Reagan administration curbed the practice. While this policy of not funding abortions through IHS has been in effect for 25 years, future administrations could easily change this policy unless it is codified.
It is crucial to codify this longstanding policy now while we still have a pro-life Administration. We need to ensure that this nation stands for life and its taxpayers are not forced to subsidize abortions. Please urge your Senators to support Senator Vitter's amendment today by calling 202-224-3121 or using the box to your right to send an e-mail!
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