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Sherrod Brown Optimistic About Public Option

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is optimistic that the drama over the public option will end, telling CNN this week that the historical significance of the reform vote will ultimately be enough to sway the four moderates now opposing the public option to vote in favor of the bill.

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Roundup: Senate Bill Maintains Abortion Coverage, DC Insurance Commissioner Says No to Birth Control

The Senate health care reform bill was released last night and maintains the status quo on abortion access, throwing out any abortion coverage bans a la the Stupak Amendment; Catholics argue against the idea that banning private insurance coverage for abortion in the House bill was some kind of common ground effort; and DC disses birth control coverage.

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Initial Reports Indicate No Stupak Amendment in Reid’s Senate Bill

Early indications are that the Senate health reform bill introduced by Majority Leader Harry Reid preserves the “status quo” and does not include a version of the Stupak amendment.

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Insurance Agency Execs Confirm Stupak Amendment Will Effectively Elminate Coverage for Abortion Care

This weekend, insurance company executives confirmed to NPR health reporter Julie Rovner what the pro-choice community has been saying since the Stupak amendment passed the House. In short, the amendment will lead to a virtual elimination of insurance coverage for abortion care, in turn leading to what one analyst calls “devastating outcomes” for some women.

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Anti-Choice Groups Misuse Guttmacher Data To Make A Faulty Case

Anti-choicers are misrepresenting data from a Guttmacher study to make their case for banning abortion care in health reform. Here’s what the data really say about coverage for abortion care.

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Bishops Originally Asked for “Abortion Neutral” Health Reform Package

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was among the first to call for an “abortion-neutral” health care bill in July, defined as maintaining current policies on funding, mandates, and conscience protections. But then they reneged on the deal.

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What Catholics Really Want in Health Care Reform

What some are really doing in the health reform debate is projecting their own vision of what is moral onto those who will be most affected by distorted views and limited coverage: the taxpayers who will fund and use whatever system emerges.

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Catholic Pastors Directed to Distribute Anti-Health Reform Materials at Mass

This past weekend the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops instructed pastors at parishes across the country to distribute material urging Catholics to oppose the health reform bills they say allow public funding for abortion.

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SEIU: Pelosi Bill Outlaws Domestic Violence as PreExisting Condition; Grassroots Action Critical in Gains

The House health care bill language, released today, includes a clause specifically outlawing the practice of treating domestic violence as a “pre-existing condition.”

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Stupak Will Vote for Reform Even With Abortion Coverage

Congressman Bart Stupak says that while he is leading the charge to eliminate abortion care from both private and public insurance policies, he will support health care reform legislation even if he loses.

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