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Stack Opposes Legislation Limiting and Harming Women’s Health

PHILADELPHIA, June 5, 2013 – State Sen. Mike Stack (D-Philadelphia) today voted against legislation restricting a woman’s right to spend her own money while making her own health care decisions:

“House Bill 818 bans private funds from being used to purchase private insurance coverage for abortions on a health insurance exchange that will be self sustaining on Jan. 1, 2015.

“The federal Nelson Amendment already ensures a strict separation of taxpayer dollars from private dollars. Also, the PA Abortion Control Act already ensures a strict separation of funds. House Bill 818 is simply unnecessary and redundant.

“I also have a health concern with this bill. We needed to amend HB 818 to allow an exception for substantial risks to women’s physical health.

“Substantial risk … includes breast cancer, kidney failure, and serious health issues that women confront every year. While it doesn’t happen often, over 3,000 women a year develop breast cancer while pregnant. It is a real issue, a tough issue, and it is important to give women with severe health issues the ability to make a choice with their loved ones – and their doctors – about their health.

“None of us should take this issue lightly, and we shouldn’t put women and their families with difficult, gut wrenching decisions through financial and administrative hoops to get the care they need,” Stack said.

Posted on June 5, 2013 in Press Releases.