Tonight, the Senate defeated an attempt by Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE), Orrin Hatch (R-OR) and Bob Casey (D-PA) to insert a “Stupak” amendment into the Senate health reform bill.
Yesterday, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) took her colleague Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE)–and much of the Republican party and the anti-choice movement–"to school" in one of the most effective speeches against the Nelson (Stupak) Amendment.
Coburn says "health care should be about your needs and your health and the decisions made between you and your doctor," and the government shouldn’t get involved in making decisions for you. Uh-huh. We’ve been saying that for a a long time.
Thirteen religious organizations sent a letter to the Senate members calling on them to vote against efforts to amend the bill with Stupak language.
Reports indicate that Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) intends to introduce an amendment to the Senate health-care bill today to mimic restrictions under the Stupak-Pitts amendment in the House health reform bill. He has not yet shared the amendment with colleagues but Democratic aides suggest it will likely be defeated.
An analysis of the criteria originally set out by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops as priorities for health reform finds that the Bishops have moved the goal posts on their original insistence that reform be “abortion-neutral.”
Just in case you had any doubt about the direct–and I mean direct–intervention of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in curtailing women’s rights in US health reform legislation, here is the latest evidence of how some representatives are working at what appears to be the behest of the bishops. Ben Nelson is holding a Senate Stupak Amendment until the Bishops “have time to review it.”
Progress on health reform legislation forces us to mobilize to prevent passage of the Stupak Amendment. But our next step must be to take stock of why and how we got here in the first place.
Senator Gillibrand helped lead efforts to defeat the Stupak-Pitts amendment in Senate and continues to lead the effort to have the language removed before final passage of health reform. The Senator was joined by NARAL New York and Gloria Steinem at a media conference on November 16th.
Support Congresswomen Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) who have launched a sign-on letter and ad campaign to stop the Stupak-Pitts amendment in health reform.
These Representatives have put themselves on the line to defend our rights. We need to stand behind them. Here’s how you can take action.