Tomorrow is the 38th anniversary of Roe vs Wade becoming law of land. And it is still being debated as if the Supreme Court had not ruled and as if it were still up to states and the US legislatures to take away a woman’s basic right to own her body.
Women’s groups are clear: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is critical to women’s health and health care access. From eliminating pre-existing conditions as a way to prohibit coverage to ensuring access to preventive health care, the health reform law is crucial to women’s health. Still, anti-choice Republicans are using it as a way to attack reproductive rights.
Three Catholic hospitals are for sale in Pennsylvania and the anti-choice Family Research Council is blaming it on the non-existent taxpayer funded abortion care in health care reform.
A number of anti-choice groups have decided to target anti-choice Democrats who voted for health care reform, even though there’s no reality-based reason to think the law provides funding for abortion.
Serious disconnect. MSNBC reports this morning that “at the top of the list” of concerns about “important incumbents” who might retire sits Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak.
Bart Stupak deserves an apology from Randy Neugebarger. But he and others in Congress, the USCCB, and the broader anti-choice movement also need to offer one and apologize to the women, men, clinic workers and doctors faced with the same uncivil taunts–and physical threats–every day.
Today, President Obama will sign into law the Affordable Health Care for America Act. An initial summary of the wins, losses, and remaining challenges for women’s health and rights.
Having stuck around long enough to do the dirty work of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) has stated he will now vote no on reconciliation.
The White House is an executive order to placate Bart Stupak on a bill that already includes the most wide-ranging restrictions on women’s rights to choose since before Roe v. Wade.
Who is Bart Stupak and why is he fronting for the far right in the health care debate? An analysis of Stupak’s political record and past history reveals that he was the perfect man for the job: a consistently anti-choice Democrat who isn’t worried about reelection, who has a strong connection to the Religious Right and who has done their bidding before. He’s their chosen and willing one and by not wavering thus far, he’s done them proud.