- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 27, 2009


I was disappointed to read your editorial “Your taxes to pay for abortions” (Opinion, Monday). It misrepresented language contained in an amendment I offered in the Energy and Commerce Committee regarding “abortions for which public funding is allowed.” This is a reference to exceptions contained in current law that allow for public funding to be used in the case of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is endangered. The amendment was written to remain consistent with 30 years of federal law, which provides these exceptions.

Health insurance reform is not the place for re-debating abortion policy, and my amendment was a middle-ground approach to keeping that debate out of our efforts to improve health care for all Americans. My amendment prohibits public funds from being used to pay for abortions except in the event of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is endangered, as does current law. Your readers and all Americans are better served if provided with the facts as we consider this important piece of legislation.


California, 23rd District


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