BRAD ELLSWORTH

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Thank you for contacting me about the importance of ensuring pro-life protections in the new health care reform law are strictly enforced. I appreciate your comments, and I welcome this opportunity to share my thoughts. As a pro-life Hoosier, one of my central concerns has been preventing federal funding of elective abortion. Throughout my life and my brief time in Congress, I have held firm to my pro-life principles, even when it meant going against my party, and I am proud of my 100% pro-life voting record on abortion-related issues. After spending time listening carefully to constituents, pro-life leaders, policy experts, reading all the details of every bill and receiving the assurances from the Catholic Health Association and Catholic Nuns, I was confident in my heart that the final health reform package met my pro-life principles and upheld the policy of no federal funding for elective abortions. While the health reform law ensures that no taxpayer funds will be used to fund abortions, it also provides Hoosier women experiencing an unexpected pregnancy with the resources they need to choose life, like prenatal health care, childcare, and parenting education. The bill also encourages adoption by providing couples who choose to adopt with an expanded, $15,000 tax credit. The combination of these two policies, backed with $250 million in federal funding, is expected to reduce _abortions in Indiana by 95% over ten years. _ As you may have heard, the new health care reform law establishes new high risk pools, designed to help Americans with preexisting conditions access affordable health insurance between now and when the bill fully outlaws insurance company discrimination in 2014. Each state has the option to create its own high risk pool, and several states have taken advantage of this new authority to set up innovative plans that can help vulnerable Americans get the health care they need. Some incorrect sources recently reported the new high risk pool plan in Pennsylvania was planning to use federal funds to pay for elective abortions, which is not allowed by the Hyde Amendment. Importantly, federal rules for this program have yet to be written, and the Department of Health and Human Services has publicly stated the final rules will indeed prohibit any
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high risk pool receiving federal funds from paying for elective abortions with taxpayer dollars. Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania high risk pool's state. level rules also clearly state that "elective abortions are not covered". This is one of the first examples ofthe combination of strong pro.life protections written into the law and the President's Executive Order, which has the force oflaw in federal courts, successfully preventing taxpayer funding of elective abortions. In another example, the State of New Mexico recently attempted to submit a plan for a high risk pool that reimbursed for elective abortions, and the state was forced to withdraw that plan once state officials leamed the federal government would not approve it without strict pro. life taxpayer protections. You may also be interested in visiting the independent, award.winning fact checking websites FactCheck.org and PolitiFacLcom. These sites separately examined the pro. life provisions in the health reform law and found no federal taxpayer dollars would be used to fund elective abortions. Thanks again for taking the time to share your 'views'with me. If you would likdoleam more about my positions on issues important to you or receive regular updates on developments in Congress, please visit my Online Office at www.ellsworth.house.gov and sign up for my e.newsletter. Sincerely,
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