"I encourage other members of Congress to listen to the American people and the majority of House members who have made it very clear: We do not want taxpayer dollars financing abortion."
— Congressman Bart Stupak defends his controversial amendment to the healthcare reform bill in a New York Times op-ed this week. The "Stupack amendment" bans abortion coverage from the public insurance option and also forbids women to use federal subsidies to purchase a plan that covers abortion. In his op-ed, Stupack says the amendment simply reflects public opinion and the current policy to not use taxpayer funds to cover abortion, but many pro-choice advocates believe it will significantly decrease access to abortion. (And note: unlike the House, the Senate rejected an amendment yesterday that mirrored Stupak's proposed restrictions on abortion.)