US Women's Health Care Reform
How did women’s reproductive rights become the bargaining chip for health care reform in this country? Federal funding for clinics is essential to the future of women’s reproductive rights and health. The Stupak Amendment slams women back to a time of unsafe abortions. What is the President thinking?
Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin holds down a tough seat for pro-choice Democrats. She’s in an R+9 district, and that’s a tough thing to do for a pro-choice woman. But the Democratic establishment are now out to torpedo any woman who sticks up for choice. Steve Hildebrand — Obama’s Deputy Campaign Manager, who called up rich donors and told them to cut off 527s during the campaign — is threatening to primary her if she defends a womans’ right to choose from Ben Nelson’s assault :
Despite the demonstrable importance and ubiquity of contraception, the truth is that ensuring that every pregnancy is wanted and planned is difficult, at both the individual and the societal levels. For the typical American woman to have two children, she will spend about five years pregnant, postpartum or attempting to become pregnant, and three decades—more than three-quarters of her reproductive life—trying to avoid pregnancy. Not all women, however, are successful: About half of all pregnancies in the United States each year—more than three million of them—are unintended.
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by James Wagoner, President, Advocates for Youth More than with any recent bill in Congress, this fight over health care reform is as much about legislative procedure as it is about the substance of the bill itself. The Senate is likely to pass its version of health care reform in the next few weeks – without new, unnecessary restrictions on abortion coverage, but with $50 million in restored funding for ineffective and ideologically driven abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. After that, the Senate bill must be merged with the health care reform bill passed by the House of Representatives last month… And here’s where it gets tricky.
It all started with a smart, heated post cross-posted to the MOMocrats from Advocates for Youth (AFY) , lambasting the Obama administration and the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ decision to override the FDA’s recommendation to offer Plan B as an over-the-counter drug. Plan B, of course, is known as the “day-after” pill, preventing the implantation of a fertilized egg in the womb, much as can happen randomly in any woman’s cycle without influence by any medicines. In backchannel emails, we each weighed in. Glennia: I'm all done making excuses for Obama. I can't even begin to describe my disappointment with Sebelius right now. ...I would have written something, but Kate said it all [in the Plan B post on MOMocrats], as far as I'm concerned. Julie: This is a lot of how I feel too.
In two interviews yesterday, Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak revealed a great deal about himself, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, politics and the internal workings of our “pro-choice” Democratic party.
Friends, I live in Michigan, in one of the 31 counties represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by none other than Mr. Bart Stupak, a Democrat. You've probably never heard of him. He's a pretty quiet guy, a former Michigan State Police trooper who boldly decided to run some 18 years ago as a Democrat in a rural part of Michigan that votes almost exclusively for Republicans (yes, I know -- what am I doing here?
The National Organization for Women is getting behind the candidacy of Connie Saltonstall, a Democrat challenging Rep. Bart Stupak (Mich.) in a primary campaign. Stupak, who has been leading a campaign against health care reform because the final bill doesn't include an abortion amendment he wrote, may be the first politician to draw a primary opponent for his position on health care.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared on "The Rachel Maddow Show" Thursday and weighed in on everything from Bart Stupak's threats to derail health care reform, to Eric Massa's resignation, and Republican obstructionism in the Senate. While agreeing with Maddow that Rep. Bart Stupak is wrong -- there is no language in either health care reform bill that would allow federally funded abortions -- Pelosi told Maddow that she believes the Michigan Democrat wants health care reform and that he wold vote for the final legislation.
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The entire point of health care reform is to expand access and allow for greater choice but "Democrat" Representative Bart Stupack, with his last minute amendment, may have effectively restricted the right to choice and access to abortion .
In U.S. politics , the Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision barring the use of certain federal funds to pay for abortions with exceptions for incest and rape . [ 1 ] It is not a permanent law, rather it is a " rider " that, in various forms, has been routinely attached to annual appropriations bills since 1976. The Hyde Amendment applies only to funds allocated by the annual appropriations bill for the Department of Health and Human Services . It primarily affects Medicaid . The original Hyde Amendment was passed on September 30, 1976 by the House of Representatives , by a 207-167 vote. It was named for its chief sponsor, Republican Congressman Henry Hyde of Illinois .
Veteran Democratic Rep. John Dingell vowed Saturday to work to defeat fellow Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak (D) on abortion in the healthcare bill. Dingell, the longest-serving member of the House whose career has centered around healthcare reform, said he would work to "beat" Stupak's efforts to add additional restrictions on federal support for abortion to the healthcare bill before the House. "I strongly disagree with Bart," Dingell said during an appearance on MSNBC. "I think he's wrong."
By Jared Allen, Jeffrey Young and Molly K. Hooper - 03/19/10 08:02 PM ET House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday evening met with a visibly angry Pro-Choice Caucus amid rumors from Democratic aides that the Speaker was working on a last-minute deal with Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) to give his abortion language a separate vote. Leadership aides, including those in the Speaker’s office, would not comment, but a senior Democratic aide directly involved in the abortion debate said Pelosi appeared to have agreed to give Stupak a vote on an “enrollment resolution” offered by Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), a key Stupak ally.