Health Care Reform:
The Senate is set to begin floor debate on the Senate health care bill this week. The Nation takes a look at the looming – or, continued – battle over abortion funding.
The Wall Street Journal reports on the anticipated amendments to the Senate health care bill, including one expected to be sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) which would impose the Stupak-Pitts ban on abortion coverage.
Several news outlets have noted the ways in which the fight over the Stupak-Pitts amendment has galvanized activists on both sides of the issue.
The New York Times notes that pro-choice women and men are up in arms over the ban on abortion coverage, and have upped their contributions to pro-choice advocacy groups.
The Wall Street Journal covers the pro-choice grassroots response to the Stupak-Pitts amendment.
The Hill looks at the ways that the pro-choice and anti-choice movements are using online social networking to reach their respective bases and mobilize activists.
Politico covers the pro-choice day of action planned for Wednesday, December 2 at the Capitol.
Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell has said that she will vote against a final health care bill if it contains the ban on abortion coverage. The Stranger reports that Sen. Patty Murray has indicated that she would do the same.
A columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times argues that President Obama cannot allow the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to set the health care reform agenda. The bishops lobbied for the inclusion of the Stupak-Pitts amendment in the House health care bill.
A Catholic bishop has told Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) that he is banned from receiving communion because of his pro-choice views.
The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg looks at the generational divide among women and how they perceive reproductive rights. Stolberg writes that women who came of age before Roe v. Wade are more inclined to fear losing the right to choose than are younger women. Moreover, younger women tend to view reproductive rights in personal, not political, terms.
Writing for Newsweek, columnist Ruth Marcus predicts that a compromise will be reached on abortion funding and health care reform.
Crisis Pregnancy Centers:
The Baltimore City Council passed a bill requiring crisis pregnancy centers, also known as fake clinics, to post signs stating that they do not provide birth control or abortion referrals. The bill now awaits the mayor’s signature.