A society that would force a woman to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term would also force her to have major abdominal surgery.
The hijacking of abortion rights as a bargaining chip for the provision of health care is morally reprehensible and if it stands will result in significant harms to women’s health. Yet this is only one aspect of reproductive rights.
The Senate passed its health care bill in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve.
Next, representatives from the House and the Senate will merge their respective bills in a conference committee.
By catering to Nelson, the Bishops, and fundamentalists, the Senate aided the anti-choice forces in achieving one of their primary goals: further stigmatizing reproductive and sexual health care, and making it harder for women to get.
An email chain leaked to Politco reveals the depths to which anti-choice Rep. Bart Stupak will go to place unprecedented restrictions on abortion services in the proposed health care reform bill.
About half of women choosing abortion bring a man along. Some bring their brother, dad, grandfather, uncle, friend or boss; most who bring a man bring their partner. More men would have accompanied the women had they not stayed home to care for the other child or children (most women choosing abortion already have at least one child), or they are working, or she preferred to have her friend or mother with her.
Despite the freezing temps, Organizing for America held nine rallies in WA State, urging Health Care Reform now. Several speakers told of their individual health challenges. Joan Schrammeck of Cedar River Clinics talked about stopping the Stupak Amendment.
The NYT published a Letter to the Editor by Congresswoman Capps published this weekend rebutting points made by Cong. Stupak in his editorial last week.
It would be a profound tragedy if the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops blocks health reform. Religious leaders and people of faith must stand up for powerful changes that protect families and address the causes and problems of poverty.
On Wednesday, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement calling defeat of the Nelson-Hatch-Casey amendment a “grave mistake,” and underscoring that they continue to work toward maintainingg Stupak Amendment language in the final bill.