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Abortion-Rights Groups Mobilizing Against House Health Bill Restrictions

Abortions-Rights advocates are pressing lawmakers through new ad campaigns to keep a provision restricting abortion coverage in the House-passed health bill -- the so-called Stupak amendment -- out of the Senate health care bill, CBS News reports. "The Center for Reproductive Rights is launching an ad campaign today to emphasize that, if the Stupak amendment were to pass in the final health care bill, millions of women could potentially lose the coverage for abortions they currently have in their health care plans." The group is running the ad online and on TV in Washington. In addition, "NARAL Pro-Choice America today delivered a petition with 97,218 signatures to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, asking that he leave the Stupak amendment out of the Senate bill. Working with state affiliates and other progressive partners, NARAL collected the signatures in 72 hours." In addition, Planned Parenthood is "planning a national 'day of action' for December 2" (Condon, 11/16).

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