Saperstein: Health reform has already been used as a pawn by those who seek to limit those rights; we cannot remain silent in the face of this new decision.
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 16, 2010 -- In response to the Obama Administration's decision to exclude abortion coverage from the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans (high-risk insurance pools under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
We are deeply dismayed by the Obama Administration's decision to limit access to reproductive health care under the landmark health insurance reform legislation. The failure to cover abortion services as part of the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans places at risk women who are economically vulnerable and lack access to affordable care. These are the very patients for whom health reform promised the greatest potential for positive change. Now, however, women with pre-existing health problems such as heart conditions or cancer and who may have a special need for abortion services will not be able to purchase coverage, even with private funds.
The Reform Jewish Movement has long affirmed its unwavering commitment to the protection of women's reproductive rights and health. Health reform has already been used as a pawn by those who seek to limit those rights; we cannot remain silent in the face of this new decision. We strongly urge the President to reverse his decision to exclude abortion coverage from these plans and to ensure full coverage for abortion services along with other medical procedures.