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Statement of Cecile Richards, President of PPFA on the Executive Order of the President on Abortion and Health Care Reform

WASHINGTON - “We regret that a pro-choice president of a pro-choice nation was forced
to sign an Executive Order that further codifies the proposed
anti-choice language in the health care reform bill, originally proposed
by Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska.  What the president’s Executive
Order did not do is include the complete and total ban on private health
insurance coverage for abortion that Congressman Bart Stupak (D–MI) had
insisted upon. So while we regret that this proposed Executive Order
has given the imprimatur of the president to Senator Nelson’s language,
we are grateful that it does not include the Stupak abortion ban."

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