Yesterday’s NYT op-ed by Rep. Bart Stupak made misleading claims about the Stupak-Pitts Amendment. Here, Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA), author of the Capps Amendment, provides a reality check to his claims.
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.
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.”
As hundreds of advocates for women’s health–including leaders of pro-choice, faith-based, and health service delivery organizations–converge on Capitol Hill to ensure women’s basic health needs are included in health reform, two conservative Senators are planning introduction of a "Stupak-like" amendment to the Senate bill.
Here comes the next generation of leaders.
Ever since the Stupak amendment forced students nationwide to wake up from their complacency surrounding the fight for choice and comprehensive women’s health care, there has been a reinvigoration of student passion, verve, and drive to act. Two weeks ago, I wrote about the first Students Stop Stupak rally (http://www.amplifyyourvoice.org/u/Leah627/2009/11/15/STUDENTS-STOP-STUPAK) that we planned here at Harvard University. That event proved a success: upwards of a hundred people, undergraduates, graduate students, and engaged passersby, joined in to protest. Shouting, “Health Care YES, Stupak NO” and “Stop Stupak Now!” we forced Cambridge residents, Harvard students, and local and national media to listen to us.
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.