Communications Department

Media Update: The Stupak-Pitts Amendment

Nov 10, 2009 | 2009 Press Releases

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.” On November 9, issued an analysis and 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.

Earlier today, 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 rated as “TRUE,” here.  A short video clip of Obama making the promise can be viewed on NRLC’s YouTube Channel 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 or by calling NRLC at 202-626-8820.

The National Right to Life Committee, 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.