I was one of the many who were present at U.S. Rep. John Dingell's Aug. 6 town
hall meeting. I heard him give a short "no" answer to the question: "Will
abortions be covered in the universal health plan?" Dingell's "no" was a
completely wrong answer to this very important question.
The Aug. 5 article "New health plan would cover abortion" reported on the Capps
Amendment. This amendment would indeed permit funding of elective abortions in
the public health care plans should the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits
taxpayers' money to fund elective abortions, not be renewed. Moreover, the Capps
Amendment would allow the secretary of Health and Human Services to include
abortion services under a public option plan.
Dingell should have explained the issue honestly. He didn't, and for this he has
lost much credibility. Abortion is not health care; it is the killing of
innocent human life.