The Stupak-Pitts Amendment
An update from the National Right to Life Committee
Federal Legislation Department
November 10, 2009
During the November 7 House floor debate on the Stupak-Pitts amendment, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) said that the amendment "puts new restrictions on women's access to abortion coverage in the private health insurance market even when they would pay premiums with their own money." PolitiFact.com corrected has rated this comment as "FALSE," here. However, there have been similar mischaracterizations of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment in many news stories in recent days.
For additional information on what the Stupak-Pitts Amendment does and does not do, please see this analysis by National Public Radio.
PolitiFact.com also reviewed a November 8 statement by Planned Parenthood, "President Obama campaigned on a promise to put reproductive health care at the center of his reform plan," which PolitiFact.com rated as "TRUE," here. A short video clip of Obama making the promise can be viewed on an NRLC site here. NRLC's latest comment on President Obama's activity on this matter is found here.
Additional documentation on these matters is available on the NRLC website at http://www.nrlc.org/ahc
or by calling NRLC at 202-626-8820
The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the nation’s largest pro-life group, is a federation of affiliates in all 50 states and 3,000 local chapters nationwide. National Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect those threatened by abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and assisted suicide.