Saturday, December 19, 2009

NOW Condemns Health Care Bill's Abortion Compromise

Apparently there are now 60 votes for the senate's health care 'reform' bill. Ben Nelson is on board because he got another compromise on abortion and because he got a hefty bribe of money for Medicaid in his state, but not in my state, nor in anyone else's.

Briefly, here's the latest compromise on abortion: (1) ensure that no public funds will be used for abortion; (2) mandate that every state provide an insurance plan option that does not cover abortion; and (3) gives each state the right to pass a law barring insurance coverage for abortion within state borders. Scroll down to hear about it in Nelson's own words. [via Think Progress]

Or as NOW president Terry O'Neill calls it:

December 19, 2009: The so-called health care reform bill now before the Senate, with the addition of Majority Leader Harry Reid's Manager's Amendment, amounts to a health insurance bill for half the population and a sweeping anti-abortion law for the rest of us. And by the way, it's the rest of us who voted the current leadership into both houses of Congress.

The National Organization for Women is outraged that Senate leadership would cave in to Sen. Ben Nelson, offering a compromise that amounts to a Stupak-like ban on insurance coverage for abortion care. Right-wing ideologues like Nelson and the Catholic Bishops may not understand this, but abortion is health care. And health care reform is not true reform if it denies women coverage for the full range of reproductive health services. We call on all senators who consider themselves friends of women's rights to reject the Manager's Amendment, and if it remains, to defeat this cruelly over-compromised legislation.

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