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Nov 11, 2009 5:16 PM by Associated Press

Abortion rights backers request talks with Obama

Abortion rights supporters in Congress are asking President Barack Obama for a meeting next week on abortion restrictions included in the House health care bill.

Leaders of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus have written to Obama calling the provisions an unprecedented restriction of women's access to health insurance coverage for abortion services.

Ninety lawmakers signed the letter requesting talks with the president. The House-passed legislation would bar a new government-run insurance plan from covering abortions, except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.

It prohibits any health plan that receives federal subsidies in a new insurance marketplace from offering abortion coverage.

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