Note: Choice News will not publish Friday, November 20 through Friday, November 27, and will resume on Monday, November 30.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unveiled his health care bill. It does not contain language from the Stupak-Pitts amendment, but does include the current ban on federal funding for abortion care. NARAL Pro-Choice America president Nancy Keenan anticipates that anti-choice Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) will try to insert an amendment banning abortion coverage.
The Washington Post looks at the details of the Senate health care bill. The bill includes a “firewall” to make sure that federal funds and private funds from user premiums remain separate; money from premiums can be used to pay for abortion care.
The Nation discusses the abortion coverage provisions of the Senate health care bill.
Salon.com’s Tracy Clark-Flory points out that while the compromise language on abortion coverage in the Senate health care bill is far from ideal, it is a marked improvement over the Stupak-Pitts amendment.
The Senate is poised to vote on Saturday on whether or not to move the Senate health care bill for floor debate. If this vote passes, floor debate is expected to begin on November 30 and will last for at least 3 weeks.
Joel Connelly of the seattlepi.com has Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell’s initial reactions to the Senate health care bill.
The Senate voted to confirm Judge David Hamilton to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Republicans had tried to block his confirmation due in large part to his previous ruling in support of the right to choose.
A New Jersey high school student who was barred by her school from participating in an anti-choice demonstration has filed a lawsuit in federal court.
Anti-choice groups are opposed to Nevada’s proposed personhood amendment, saying that it won’t achieve its goal of banning abortion.
Anti-choice activists are protesting a new Chicago ordinance creating 8-foot zones around people within 50 feet of a medical facility.