Roundup: Is Abortion a Deal Breaker?, Righting the Discriminatory Wrongs in Health Care Reform, Too Late for Nadya Sulyeman


Is Abortion Access A Deal-Breaker In Health Care Reform Efforts?

In The Hill‘s Congress Blog yesterday the question, "Could abortion be a deal-breaker in health care reform?" was posed to a group of legislators, advocates, and commentators. While the newest incarnation of The Affordable Healthcare For America Act does address public funding for abortion, it also explicitly states that this bill cannot override any existing federal and state laws regulating abortion access and coverage.

None-the-less, anti-choice advocates answer the above question by painting scenarios in which their worst nightmares will most certainly come true. Senior Vice President for the Family Research Council, Tom McCluskey warns:

Now that both Chambers have released their bills one things is clear –
they both include federal funding of abortion. Such a move would turn
American taxpayers into the permanent funding stream of the abortion
industry and guarantee that abortions will increase.

And Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee doesn’t even bother to remember that Roe v. Wade and The Hyde Amendment are still federal laws. He goes right down the "all elective abortions will be paid for" road:

Page 110 of the new bill explicitly authorizes the public plan to pay
for all elective abortions. As CRS as confirmed, all funds spent by the
public plan, a federal agency program, will be federal funds. So this
will be direct federal funding of elective abortion, pure and simple.

Suzanne Poppema, a long time physician and abortion access advocate reminds us that,

None of the bills Congress is considering would fund
abortions with taxpayer money, or expand access to abortion beyond the
coverage women currently have. The majority of Americans support this
compromise, just as a majority of Americans believe women should have
access to safe, legal abortion. 

What’s Good for Women’s Health Is Good for The Nation’s Health

And, according to the blog of SEIU, the just released version of health care reform legislation includes measures that would put an end to the much of the discriminatory practices women face at the hands of insurance companies. Not only would domestic violence be disallowed as a "pre-existing condition" classification and therefore used as a reason to deny coverage to women but:

  • Gender rating would become illegal so that insurance companies would not be allowed to chage women more than men for the same coverage
  • Charging women more or denying coverage on the basis of a "pre-existing condition" such as pregnancy, or a previous c-section would also be against the law.
  •  Maternity care services would be included in the essential benefits package in the Health Insurance Exchange (a marketplace for those who do not have insurance through their employers). And, according to the information sheet distributed by Sen. Pelosi’s office, "over time plans outside the Exchange would be required to do so as well."


In addition, says SEIU, there’s this amazing news:

Both the department of Health & Human Services and the Center for
Disease Control will now have an office dedicated to studying women’s
health issues.

Is it too much to ask that these new offices dedicated to women’s health ensure that racial health disparities are acknowledged such that any heath issues studied or researched are always broken down along these lines?

Newest Findings on Multiple Birth and IVF Come Too Late for Nadya Suyleman

According to the Daily Women’s Health Policy Report, new findings from a study released in the New England Journal of Medicine, reveal that women who are implanted with one embryo are just as likely to give birth as women who receive two. Women who do receive two, however, are more likely to give birth to multiple babies as compared to women who receive one embryo – 28% as compared to 2.3%. 

Assisted reproductive technologies are a boon in many ways but because we are still learning about the full impact of these technologies, we sadly see women like Nadya Suleyman used almost as guinea pigs by a system overpowered by medical advancement, without full regard for what these technological advancements and decisions may mean for women’s lives. 

More reproductive and sexual health and rights news from around the web…

10/29

Foreign adoptions — Agency
unfairly demonized
Minneapolis Star
Tribune

How to Burn a
Pro-Choice Halloween
Effigy In 10 Easy Steps
Washington
City Paper

Channeling
Oprah: The One Thing I Know for Sure 
Blog for Choice

NARAL Pro-Choice NY Mails For
Dede
 New York Daily News

Misremembering
Dr. Tiller: How Law & Order Got It Wrong
HuffPo

Birth Control Used to Be
Utterly Terrifying
Gizmodo.com

The History
of
Birth Control
Newsweek

Unexpected
pregnancies researched
Etownian

Intrauterine contraception most popular
long-term solution for Europeans
World
News

Limited
access to emergency contraceptives
Cherwell
Online

A look back
at natural family planning
BusinessWorld
Online

Pro-Life Democrats
Hold 40 Votes to Help Pass Health Care Reform in House
Christian News Wire

Three Pro-life Advocates
Arrested at Unveiling
Christian News Wire

Pro-Life or
Anti-Choice?
Amador Ledger-Dispatch

Pro-life group calls
for boycott of cosmetics company
 Catholic News Agency

Pro-Life News: House
Health Care Bill Pro-Abortion, Obama, Gallup, New Jersey
LifeNews.com

Pro-life supporters
gain strength
Suffolk News-Herald

Graphic
Obama-Themed
Abortion
Display Clashes Catholic News Agency

I am not
trying to kill health reform;
abortion remains key
concern
The Hill

Pro-abortion news
misleading
Tulsa Beacon

Package
evacuates
abortion clinic
WTNH

Stupak Town
Hall Video: I Would Ultimately Vote for
Abortion-Expanding
Health Bill
Catholic Online

Bishop Tobin
asks Rep. Kennedy to Talk after
Abortion/Healthcare
Remarks
Lifesite

Kan. medical
board won’t say why top staffer left
The
Associated Press

Planned
Parenthood sues over
abortion, stem cell
petitions
St. Louis
Post-Dispatch

Religious
Coalition for Reproductive Choice Supports Maintaining Status Quo
Reuters

Lawmaker
Tries to Have It Both Ways on Health Care Reform and
Abortion?
FOXNews

Barriers to abortion rise, even
in Brookline
Boston Globe

Choice: Late
Term
Abortion
Feminists
for Choice

Judge puts
off start of
abortion-information
gathering
Tulsa World


10/30

Campaign
urges more
adoptions in Tennessee
The Tennessean

Battle of
Ideas: a matter of choice
Times
Online

Flathead Family Planning still open Daily Inter Lake

White House
Changes Its Rhetoric on Abortion Funding in Health Bill
 CNSNews.com

Teen Mother
Speaks Out
WSET

House Faces
Fight With Industry,
Abortion Foes Over
Health Plan
Bloomberg

Abortion: Debates on
Sproul Plaza
Daily Californian

 

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