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Abortion In Health Care Reform Is At Risk Today

Abortion In Health Care Reform Is At Risk Today

The House of Representatives is debating abortion in health care reform as I type this.  So I’m going to keep this short and sweet, because the upshot of the post is that if you care about abortion being covered by health insurance, you need to pick up the phone and tell your congressional representative.

This morning, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops met with House leaders in an attempt to limit or eliminate women’s coverage of abortion under the new health care reform.  Abortion has been seen as a potentially divisive issue for Democrats in the health care reform debate.  Anti-choice Democrats have been threatening to let the bill sink if abortion is covered (which, by the way, is a huge step backward – according to NARAL Pro-Choice America, 85 percent of private health-insurance plans cover some form of abortion services).  They say that they can’t support the bill unless it explicitly says that federal money will not be used to offset the cost of abortion.

Now, Representative Bart Stupak (D-Michigan) has introduced an amendment that would make it virtually impossible for private health-insurance companies to both participate in the new system and offer coverage of abortion.  This would be a disaster for women’s reproductive choice, because abortion is in many cases prohibitively expensive.

The vote on this amendment will be happening in a matter of hours; the vote on the full health care reform bill should be around 9 PM EST.  But I hope that pro-choice members of Congress won’t be forced to choose between abortion coverage and voting for the health care reform bill as a whole.  When she was asked earlier today whether her allies in the pro-choice movement would support the bill with the language offered yesterday by Rep. Stupak, Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered a one-word answer: “Yes.”

Let your representatives know that this is important to you – and that being pro-choice does not mean that you need to compromise.  Abortion should be part of any comprehensive health care program, and eliminating it is an unwarranted assault on women’s reproductive freedom.

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10:13AM PST on Nov 24, 2009

It's totally reasonable to have taxpayer pay for people's abortions. Why shouldn't women be expected to take responsibility for themselves. It's such a better world if people can just go out drinking, spread their legs, and then steal money out of my paycheck to vacuum that little bugger right out! Free abortions for all. But meat is murder.

11:11AM PST on Nov 17, 2009

The unborn is an individual living human being, The baby is an individual with unique DNA, the baby is living she/he has a metabolism, is growing has cells reproducing the baby is human, and is an individual being with her oun self-integrating living entity and nature,A change in environment does not change the essential nature of the unborn into a nor- person, where I am has no connection to my personhood People who DEPEND on Kidney machines or Insulin to LIVE are not considered a non- person or less of a person, so way the UNBORN???

10:26AM PST on Nov 17, 2009

Personal choice is inappropriate when it harms or kills other human beings,If a group of people choose to torture a child, it seems, we would have no trouble forcing out morality on these people,A woman should have the choice to leave an abusive relationship and she should be offered support in doing so, But she should not have the choice to kill an innocent life.

7:28AM PST on Nov 17, 2009

Sarah D. you really need to rethink your stance. A child is not a "benign parasite" it is a child. Do some research yourself. You are very ignorant when it comes to human life. Abortion is MURDER!!!! Nothing Less!!!! And on Judgment day, the women who kill thier children will answer to God. A child is a gift...NOT A CHOICE!!! What's wrong with you pro-choice people?! You all need to open your eyes and read the Bible.

6:57AM PST on Nov 17, 2009

Thank you Michelle. Many of us would like to adopt or foster but lack the $$ resources to provide a home to a child that needs one. It is unfortunate that Sara and many more like her feel that the love of a child is only for one that is bioligical. Sarah, I am supportive of your right to choose, it's really none of my business however, on the flip side you should be supportive of someones eles' right to choose even if it is life.

3:29PM PST on Nov 16, 2009

It is not ok to to label individuals on streroterpical assuptions about a group.
"You, like all the other pro-lifers, don't support or care about children who are homeless or family-less, a.k.a. the children who need to be adopted".
Exuse me? How can you know that? Actually, I am considering foster care.


2:51PM PST on Nov 16, 2009

Would it make a difference if it were proven the "benign parasite" could feel pain?
Would the common phrase then be" We didn't know?

9:57PM PST on Nov 15, 2009

It's amazing how uneducated the pro-lifers are about fetal stages and the womb in general, not to mention their arguments get more ludicrous by the day.

9:48PM PST on Nov 15, 2009

"As far as for my support for women, I do."

Lying is a sin in all religions. It's not supporting women, or girls, when you take away their reproductive rights and choices.

"I also support children."

Only biological children. You, like all the other pro-lifers, don't support or care about children who are homeless or family-less, a.k.a. the children who need to be adopted.

9:45PM PST on Nov 15, 2009

"Well, you know what, children still are!"

Fetuses aren't children and they're not property. Until the fetus leaves the woman's body it is a benign parasite feeding off the host.

"I am a strong child's advocate. I never never want anyone one to be be abused- that includes children."

Abortion is not child abuse.

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