We must make legislators the protagonists in the abortion debate by changing the frame, and asking Stupak and his allies: Do you trust women?
Washington Monthly reports this morning that the RNC, which has provided coverage for abortion care for its employees for over 18 years and was suddenly “caught out” this week, is now proceeding to remove that coverage from its policy. But even so the RNC will still indirectly subsidize abortions, every time it writes a check to Cigna, thereby rejecting the reasoning of the Stupak amendment at a fundamental level.
Coverage of Stupak-Pitts neglects a bigger motive for the Vatican: Restricting insurance coverage of women’s reproductive health care will eliminate competitive barriers faced by Catholic institutions.
Prochoice leaders Michelman, Kissling, and Keenan take the Stupak debate to the New York Times and National Public Radio
In interviews, Republicans made clear they want to kill health reform and see an alliance with Conservative Democrats as the best way to make it go down in flames. The Stupak Amendment “dropped a bomb” in the Democratic conference.
Congress is throwing women’s reproductive rights under the bus and catering to religious extremists as it sacrifices the health of Americans on the altar of insurance industry profits.
A clique of anti-choice Democrats in Congress joined forces with Republicans to pass an amendment forcing women to choose between affordable health insurance and abortion coverage, even if they pay for abortion coverage with their own money. Pro-choice Democrats and women’s health activists are up in arms over the eleventh hour deal
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.
There are many Democrats who can be counted on to show their cards to the opponent, equivocate, vacillate and wave the white flag before the game has even started, as did Senator McCaskill this week on the Stupak Amendment.
In the midst of foaming-at-the-mouth at the political give-and-take in health care reform, many prominent pundits neglected to properly inform the public that Stupak’s language allowed for a major incursion into women’s rights.