A federal employee–barred by the Hyde Amendment from insurance coverage for abortion–incurs costs of $9000.00 to end a pregnancy in which the fetus is missing major portions of its brain, skull, and scalp.
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.
Utah Senator Orin Hatch announces he will introduce a Stupak-like amendment to the senate health care reform bill. But will anyone support him?
Sarah Palin not “pro-life” enough for extremist anti-choice group. The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights brings progressive religious leaders to the Capitol to protest Stupak Amendment and lack of separation between Catholic Church and State.
Writing on WonkRoom.com Igor Volsky points out what others have as well: By rejecting the compromise the Bishops also laid the groundwork for a case that their own system of accounting is not sufficient as a firewall to protect federal funds provided to Catholic institutions from being used for religious purposes.
In all the fuss over Stupak-Pitts, the fact that both houses of Congress removed mandated coverage not only for contraception, but also STD counseling and pelvic exams went largely unnoticed.
NARAL Pro-Choice America delivers more than 92,000 signatures to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid calling on the Senate to reject Stupak-Pitts language in its health reform bill.
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.
An article by Kathleen Seelye in today’s New York Times titled “In Congress, a Predicament for Abortion Supporters,” can now be added to the growing list of media analyses that fail to accurately portray the implications of the Stupak amendment should it become law.
I am not convinced by after-the-fact reassurances that the final health reform bill will not include the Stupak amendment. That’s because the table for expanding prohibitions on abortion was set by the Democrats themselves.