Friday, November 13, 2009

Republican Party Drops Employee Insurance Plan Allowing Rare Abortion Coverage

With members of its party unanimously opposing abortion funding in the government-run health care bill in the House, the national Republican Party has moved to drop an employee insurance plan that allows coverage of abortion.

The news web site Politico uncovered the aspect of the plan in a report issues late Thursday showing the Republican National Committee insurance plan paid for abortions.

Today, GOP chairman Michael Steele, himself a pro-life former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, said the Republican Party would remove the abortion coverage from its employee insurance plan, currently offered thorough Cigna.

However, the information indicates that abortions are only covered in the very rare circumstances in which the life of the mother is in danger, which some pro-life physicians dispute never happens except in a situation like an ectopic pregnancy where the unborn child has no chance of surviving anyway.

"Money from our loyal donors should not be used for this purpose," Steele said in a statement. "I don't know why this policy existed in the past, but it will not exist under my administration. Consider this issue settled."

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