Roundup: Will Nelson Steal Christmas From Everyone (Especially Women)?


While the public is waiting for Nebraska Senator Ben
Nelson to decide if he is going to fall in with the Democrats’ proposal for
healthcare reform, Harry Reid has threatened to make
everyone stay till Christmas
to finish the bill.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)
shared in the outrage. "They want to run it through before
Christmas!" he marveled.

McCain was getting more worked up.
"We will see jammed-through-on-Christmas Eve legislation that will have
the most far-reaching effects and devastating effects," he judged.

Left out of this protest was any
acknowledgment of why the Democrats were ramming and rushing and jamming the
bill through on a holiday: Republicans had made it impossible to do anything
earlier. On Wednesday, the entire chamber came to a standstill for three hours
while Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) forced the clerks to read aloud legislative
gobbledygook about "subparagraph (D)(ii)" and "section
1861(ff)(2)(E)" and "standards described in section 1902(a)(31)(A) of
such act (as so in effect)."

As of Thursday
Sen. Nelson still
wasn’t happy
with any proposed compromises on the issue of abortion
coverage in the final bill.

Nelson said the
Democratic leadership has "added some important things," including
more funding to combat teen-age pregnancy and an increased tax credit for
low-income families to adopt children. He says there has been a "lot of
improvement on the legislation, but the basic question on the funding of
abortion has not been fully answered yet."

However abortion isn’t the only issue that Nelson is
holding
out for either.

"The Nebraska
centrist on Wednesday outlined concerns with a disability insurance program
that the bill would create, cuts in Medicare payments to home health care
providers and nursing homes, and unspecified tax increases. In addition, he
expressed concerns that the bill would underpay some Medicare providers while
not doing enough to contain long-term health care costs."

Meanwhile Newsweek’s
Sarah Kliff reminds
everyone
that legislative "compromise" proposals about abortion rarely
pass.

This year, Congress considered three "compromise" bills
dealing with abortion issues: Casey’s Pregnant Women
Support Act
, the Prevention First Act
and the Reducing
the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act
. They had an awful lot in
common: all aimed to reduce the number of abortions in the United States. Their
sponsors often talked about things like "common ground" and "compromise." All
three of these bills had been introduced repeatedly in previous sessions of
Congress. And none has ever come out of committee.

In Other News

Pro-choice advocates are going to court today to
challenge an Oklahoman law that, if upheld, would post
private information about women seeking abortions
on the internet.

The
survey in Oklahoma’s new abortion law includes some of the following questions:
Would having a baby dramatically change a woman’s life, or interfere with her
job or education? Is she unemployed, or unsure of a relationship with the
father?

Bonus item: The rate of foreign
adoptions by Americans fell
this year
.

December 18, 2009

Health-care
vote hinges on abortion
plan
Boston
Herald

Women
caught in middle of fight over abortion in health bill
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Online
posting of women’s abortion information challenged in Oklahoma
CNN

McCaskill
misreads abortion
coverage
News-Leader.com

Charges
dropped in attack over abortion case
Allentown Morning Call

Web
letter: Amendment won’t stop abortions

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

The
politics of mayhem, mischief, and murder
RenewAmerica

Pro-Life
News: Virginia Infanticide, Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Australia …
LifeNews.com

Include
reproductive medicine
Press & Sun-Bulletin

Teens,
contraception and
unplanned pregnancy
The
Sikh Times, UK

An
overlooked solution in Copenhagen: family planning
Minnesota Public Radio

 

December 17, 2009

Spanish
lawmakers vote to ease abortion law
The Associated Press

Pelosi
to Senate: We’re Waiting. . . .
New York Times

Woman
pleads not guilty in anti-abortion assault
Wisconsin State Journal

Don’t
allow federal funds for abortion
CNN

Will
Ben Nelson Sign Off On New Abortion Compromise?
TPMDC

Nancy
Pelosi: "Thank God" Senate Bill Funds Abortions, Says House Can Pass Bill
LifeNews.com

Holdout
senator rejects abortion compromise
The Associated Press

Senate
Republicans vow to delay health-care vote
Washington Post

Nelson
rejects abortion
compromise as ‘insufficient’
USA Today

President
Obama Forces Americans to Pay for Abortions in Nation’s Capital
LifeNews.com

Abortion
Debate Shows the Catholic Bishops’ Growing Influence
U.S. News & World Report

Women
have a right to the truth on abortion
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

More
Details Surface on Incident Involving Cop Intimidating Pro-Life
Advocate
LifeNews.com

Pro-Life
Matters and the Nevada GOP Contest to Unseat Reid [Jack Fowler]
National Review Online

Why
An Abortion Compromise Is A Waste Of Time
Newsweek

A
race to win one more vote for health bill
San Jose Mercury News

Oklahoma
Abortion Law ‘Invasive,’ Critics Say

NPR

MPS
approves condom handouts
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Surge
in demand for morning-after pill
Irish Times

Marion
court OKs dozens of adoptions

Indianapolis Star

US
Still Absent From Women’s Rights Treaty 30 Years After Its Adoption
Common Dreams

Foreign
adoptions by
Americans fall in FY 2009
The Associated Press

Ala.
breaks adoption
rate records
WSFA

Lincoln
clinic provides family planning services for low-income patrons
Lincoln Journal Star

 

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  • crowepps

    The drop in foreign adoptions is not because of a decrease in the number of people in the USA wanting to adopt but instead because of much tighter regulation in the countries where children were formerly made available.

    According to international media reports, adoption of Chinese children by US citizens has dropped 50 percent in three years, from 7,906 children in 2005 to 3,909 in 2008, as per figure given by the US State Department.

     

    China’s new laws on adoption, enacted in May 2007, that insist on a higher threshold for adopting family’s financial asset seem to be emerging as the main cause of this decrease in adoption.
    http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90782/90872/6673781.html

  • crowepps

    Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) shared in the outrage. “They want to run it through before Christmas!” he marveled.

    Oh, wow, I feel his pain at this outrage and having someone else in control of his life. But perhaps he should recognize how just ‘a few weeks of inconvenience’ would be justified in order to ‘deliver’ life-saving health care to tens of thousands of people.

  • emma

    Wow, that is beyond fucked up.