Who is Bart Stupak and why is he fronting for the far right in the health care debate? An analysis of Stupak’s political record and past history reveals that he was the perfect man for the job: a consistently anti-choice Democrat who isn’t worried about reelection, who has a strong connection to the Religious Right and who has done their bidding before. He’s their chosen and willing one and by not wavering thus far, he’s done them proud.
In two interviews yesterday, Bart Stupak revealed a great deal about himself, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, politics and the internal workings of our “pro-choice” Democratic party. First, in what shouldn’t be surprising to anyone, Stupak told Fox News that he “doesn’t listen to nuns.”
The share of people who are “liberal” but also anti-choice grows tinier by the day. Investments by the Democratic Party to recruit that vanishing population would be far better spent elsewhere.
The abortion wars rage relentlessly on, in the United States and elsewhere, and the only lesson to be drawn from recent federal and state legislative action is that the wars show no signs of abating.
To coin a cliche on International Women’s Day, I have to ask: Where’s the beef? American women are being told that our most fundamental right–to control our reproductive destiny–should be of no consequence in health reform.
Could it be divine intervention? Just days after Catholic Charities cut off spousal benefits for DC employees to protect itself from the scourge of gay marriage, the Vatican is caught in a gay sex scandal.
And sometimes it’s just too good to pass up. They’ve gone from death panels to claiming the President wants to pass health reform to have sex with you….or something…as Media Matters for America details here. Read, laugh, weep. Your choice.
How many women leaders were invited to the health care summit? Girls, hold your breath. Grand total: four. That’s right, four, one of whom is Nancy Pelosi. So, actually, three, count ‘em, three other women members of Congress (total membership: 535 people), including, count her, one, female U.S. Senator.
The President’s version of a health reform bill is based on a flawed Senate bill that contains totally onerous and untenable conditions on American women. It needs to be fixed, now.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday floated the idea of a two-track plan for health care reform — with Congress pursuing easier-to-pass incremental changes now and comprehensive reform later, according to Politico.