Busted! GOP Drops Abortion Coverage For RNC Employees

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Faced with the charge of hypocrisy for providing employees health insurance that covers abortion, the Republican National Committee has moved to strike the benefit from their policy.

“Money from our loyal donors should not be used for this purpose,” said chairman Michael Steele. “I don’t know why this policy existed in the past, but it will not exist under my administration. Consider this issue settled.”

With one exception–Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) who voted ‘present’–House Republicans voted unanimously for an amendment to health care legislation that forbids women who receive government insurance subsidies from buying policies that cover abortion.

Of course, given the definition of “insurance,” the RNC can only really escape the sin of financing abortions by buying insurance from a company that has a blanket policy against covering abortions.

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