Roundup: Politicians Receive Praise or Coat Hangers


This morning we’re still seeing reactions from
voters on how their politicians chose to vote on Stupak Amendment. On Wednesday
the city council of Berkeley, Calif. voted
to send wire coat hangers
–one gruesome symbol of the means of self-induced abortion women were forced
to resort to when safe and legal abortions were illegal in the United States – to those "pro-choice"
members of Congress who voted in favor of the Stupak Amendment.

Meanwhile Iowa Senator Tom Harkin says his Senate colleague
Ben Nelson’s position on abortion is
inconsistent.
Nelson has threatened to vote against the final health care
reform bill if he doesn’t get his way on the issue of whether health insurance
providers on the new exchanges will cover abortion services.

"We have had a
consistent policy of no federal funding for abortions, we’ve all lived with
that for many years," Harkin says. "I think we have a basic understanding in
this country of where we are on that issue. To the extent that Senator Nelson
wants to change that, he’s out of the mainstream."

Harkin says "we’ve been
up and down that issue" plenty of times. Today is the 11th consecutive day of
floor debate on the health care reform plan. Harkin is among a group of key
Senate Democrats who are working on a compromise version of the plan. Harkin
says he hopes Nelson joins the rest of the party in backing the massive piece
of legislation.

"Whether or not he’s
going to support the bill in its final form or not, I just don’t know," Harkin
says. "I don’t know what he said this morning. I’ve heard a lot of different
things said by the senator from Nebraska. He’s been all over the map on this
and he was one of the ten in the room with us forging this compromise so I’ll
just say, well, we’ll see what happens when it happens."

A Maryland woman who, after discovering seven and a
half months into her pregnancy that her fetus had severe brain abnormalities, had
to travel to Florida to obtain an abortion, thanked
senators  Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara
Mikulski
for voting against the Nelson-Hatch-CaseyAmendment.

As I listen to the
debate regarding abortion coverage in the proposed health care system, I can’t
help but ask: What about circumstances like mine? How can families – especially
federal employees – facing such a terrible prognosis be omitted from insurance
coverage for abortion? The majority of private health insurance plans cover
abortion; however, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program prohibits
coverage of abortion except in cases of rape, incest or life endangerment. This
policy forces federal employees and their dependents in my situation to pay out
of pocket for abortion care.

Bonus item: Travis County in Texas, the board of Central Health unanimously approved
contracts to continue providing abortions
for low-income women.

12/11

Court
decision fails to clarify abortion stand
Belfast Telegraph

Diocese
contests Planned Parenthood clinic’s relocation near Catholic High School
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Fear
dictates Ireland’s
abortion policy
guardian.co.uk

FACTBOX-US
Senate action on health bill amendments
Reuters

Health
board approves
abortion
contracts
Austin
American-Statesman

Right
to Life in Spain rejects ‘radicalization’ of new
abortion law
Catholic News Agency

My abortion
anguish
Baltimore
Sun

Pro-Life
Message Goes Away from the Manger at Old City Hall
Torontoist

 

12/10

Sex
Talks: Timing is Everything
Psychology Today

Spanish
gov’t to change
abortion bill
The Associated Press

Harkin
says Nebraska Senator is out of line on
abortion
Radio Iowa

Irish
abortion law
challenged in European court
BBC News

La.
senator’s vote on
abortion revives conflicts
The Daily Advertiser

Abortion
Protest Planned In Front Of Hartford Church
Hartford Courant

Abortion
rights group backs Quinn, Giannoulias, Preckwinkle
Chicago Tribune

Roman
Catholics, Eucharist, and
abortion
Hartford Courant

Coat
Hangers, Court Cases, And RU-486
Jezebel

Protecting
Abortion
Rights
New
York Times

An
Amazing Article on Abortion in New York Magazine
Crosswalk.com

Program
Linked to Significant Reduction of Repeat Teen Pregnancy
UK News

Blaming
the victims
New
Statesman

Health
care interest groups hope makeover will win changes in Ohio
MedCity News

The
Tortured Logic of Health Care’s Abortion Foes
Progressive.org

Big
bang appeal of condom machines
The Press Association

Goodman:
Climate change and population: a balancing act
San Jose Mercury News

Party
Divided? Not The GOP
CBS
News

Pro-Life
Means Anti-Woman: Jeb Bush to Speak at Coalition for Life Fundraiser
Burnt Orange Report

Preview:
The Lost Children
CBS
News

 

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