A group supporting anti-abortion female candidates gathered outside U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur's office yesterday to urge the Toledo Democrat to continue opposing federal funding for abortion in the health-care reform act.
"The women of Toledo should not be forced to pay for a procedure that hurts women," said former U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R., Colo.), regional political director of Susan B. Anthony List.
Ms. Musgrave praised Miss Kaptur's vote in November for an amendment by U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak (D., Mich.) that prohibits insurance companies that participate in a national insurance exchange from offering abortion coverage.
Miss Kaptur could not be reached for comment.
A less restrictive amendment was adopted in the U.S. Senate. It requires women who buy insurance from a plan in the national insurance exchange to pay for the actuarial cost of the insurance coverage themselves, if they choose that coverage.
Abortion-rights groups say the abortion restrictions in the House and Senate bills roll back abortion rights.
Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio of Cleveland, said the less objectionable of the two anti-abortion amendments, in the Senate bill, would still create an administrative burden requiring women who want abortion coverage to write a separate check.