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• Barack Obama
Statement of Administration Policy: H.R. 358 - Protect Life Act
October 12, 2011
STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY

(House Rules)
(Rep. Pitts, R-PA, and 145 cosponsors)

The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 358 because, as previously stated in the Statement of Administration Policy on H.R. 3, the legislation intrudes on women's reproductive freedom and access to health care and unnecessarily restricts the private insurance choices that women and their families have today.

Longstanding Federal policy prohibits Federal funds from being used for abortions, except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered. The Affordable Care Act preserved this prohibition and included policies to ensure that Federal funding is segregated from any private dollars used to fund abortions for which Federal funding is prohibited. The President's Executive Order 13535 reinforces that Federal funding cannot be used for abortions (except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered) and ensures proper enforcement of this policy. H.R. 358 goes well beyond the safeguards found in current law and reinforced in the President's Executive Order by restricting women's private insurance choices.

If the President is presented with H.R. 358, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.

Citation: Barack Obama: "Statement of Administration Policy: H.R. 358 - Protect Life Act", October 12, 2011. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=96886.
 
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