Women deserve to have health insurance cover abortion

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The purpose of insurance is to protect us against liability from unforeseen events, and I expect my health insurance to cover the full range of unplanned medical emergencies.

Under the Nelson abortion provision of the Senate's health-care bill, tens of millions of Americans would be forced to write two separate checks -- one for abortion coverage and one for the rest of their health insurance.

It unfairly singles out abortion in a proposed system that is unworkable for insurance companies and burdensome for women.

Women don't plan an unplanned pregnancy or complication in their wanted pregnancy any more than they plan to have a heart attack. I urge leaders of Congress to remove this dangerous provision -- and the House version's Stupak abortion ban -- before the bill becomes law. Women deserve better.

Cora Davidson
Walla Walla

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