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Weekly Pulse: Obama to Promote Health Plan at Summit

Today, President Obama will hold a televised health care summit on his recently released plan for health reform, a last-ditch attempt to get Republicans to offer ideas for reform. In fact, he’s hoping to give the GOP enough rope to hang itself.

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Move to Remove Abortion Coverage from Numerous Health Care Plans Gains Steam

Kansas lawmakers propose removing abortion from even private insurance coverage as a movement to remove elective abortions as a benefit starts to gain steam.

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Letter from Religious Organizations Supports “Abortion Neutral” Health Care Reform

A coalition of 16 religious organizations has signed a letter urging Congress and the White House to support comprehensive health care reform that does not “create new restrictions to abortion.”

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Both Health Reform Bills Change Abortion Status Quo

Opponents and supporters of abortion rights agreed early on, in theory, to maintain the “status quo” in health reform with “abortion neutral” legislation. Unfortunately, neither the House nor Senate versions preserves the status quo.

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National Women’s Law Center: Translating Bart Stupak

The National Women’s Law Center, who has been forefront in pushing lawmakers to stop allowing insurers to implement sexist practices when it comes to insurance coverage, is continuing their campaign to stop the Stupak-Pitts amendment in becoming finalized in the health bill.

Their latest video is a compilation of what Congressman Bart Stupak (D – MI) says publicly about abortion, and what he really means.

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New Poll Shows Anti-Choice Lawmakers Out of Sync with Their Own Constituents

A new poll released today by Catholics for Choice makes it clear that anti-choice lawmakers are being seen as playing to their lobbyist interests over that of their own districts.

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Healthcare Compromise: Low-Income Women Get Bumped

Democrats
in the Senate got what they wanted this Christmas: a passed health care reform
bill. Low-income women, however, seemed to be the ones with coal in their stocking.

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Roundup: Enjoy Your Present Now, Stupak Could Grinch You

It’s the night before Christmas, and health care reform has passed. Who was naughty, and was anyone nice? And does Sen. Nelson have buyer’s remorse?

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Roundup: Stupak’s Still Mad, Nelson’s Unpopular and Justifiable Homicide

With the Nelson “compromise” language still filling the today’s newspapers with editorials and columns, the consequences of the vitriolic nature of the abortion debate will be on display today in a Kansas court room.

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Pro-Choice Groups Will Not Back Passage of Senate Bill With Nelson Language

In the wake of the weekend’s Senate abortion language “compromise” pro-choice activists are still sorting out all the details and trying to decide where they should stand on the passage of the final health care reform bill.

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