Alvaré Testifies on the Hill

Professor Helen Alvaré made a February 9 appearance at a Capitol Hill legislative hearing, where she provided testimony on the "Protect Life Act," authored to prohibit federal funding of abortions and abortion coverage under the recently enacted health care law. The hearing was held by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA).

Expressing support for the bill's provisions, Alvaré testified, "The Protect Life Act is both a necessary and a wise amendment to the Affordable Care Act on so many grounds. It helps preserve within our nation's health care delivery system the valuable contributions made by conscience driven providers and institutions to the needs of the most vulnerable women and men. It indicates that abortion has not attained the status of a 'standard' of health care... and it preserves in American law and culture the bedrock value of respect for religious and moral conscience."

Appearing with Alvaré as witnesses were Douglas Johnson, Federal Legislative Director, National Right to Life Committee, and Sara Rosenbaum, Chair, Department of Health Policy, George Washington University.