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Reform Leader Commends Senate Defeat of Anti-Choice Amendment

Pelavin: “Our vision of reform is one that by definition protects women’s access to reproductive health care services and ensures that no American will have his or her access to health insurance diminished.”

Contact: Kate Bigam or Samuel Lehman
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WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 9, 2009 – In response to the Senate’s tabling of the anti-choice Nelson-Hatch amendment to the health insurance bill, Mark Pelavin, Associate Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

We applaud the Senate’s action to table the anti-choice Nelson-Hatch Amendment to its health insurance reform bill. Our vision of reform is one that by definition protects women’s access to reproductive health care services and ensures that no American will have his or her access to health insurance diminished.

We urge the Senate to continue to work expeditiously to pass this much-needed legislation, and we reiterate our support of the principles of universal coverage, accessibility and affordability. We hope the Senate’s action today will lend weight to efforts to strip the Stupak Amendment from the House bill during conference and ensure the promise of a healthy future for all Americans.


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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1,800 Reform rabbis.



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