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News: 2011 Press Release

For Release: May 3, 2011
Media Calls Only: 916-492-3566
Insurance Commissioner Jones States Opposition To Bill Aimed At Excluding Abortion From Private Health Insurance Coverage

Today, California's Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones sent a letter to Members of California's Congressional delegation expressing his strong opposition to HR 3 (Smith), which attempts to prevent those who purchase private health insurance from continuing to have abortion coverage.

Jones referred to HR 3 as "extreme and intrusive". Federal funding for abortion services is already prevented except in the cases of rape, incest or threat to the health of the woman. This legislation seeks to diminish abortion coverage in the private insurance market.

"This bill is a blatant attack on access to a constitutionally protected health care service and an outright assault on women's rights. We must not turn back the clock on the progress made in our nation over the last several decades. HR 3 must be defeated," Commissioner Jones said.

For a copy of Commissioner Jones' letter, please click here.


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