Health Care Reform:
The Hill covers the pro-choice lobby day planned for tomorrow, December 2, in Washington, DC. Groups like NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood are mobilizing supporters to rally at the Capitol in an effort to keep the ban on abortion coverage out of the final health care bill.
The AP/Philadelphia Inquirer reports that some Senate Democrats have indicated they will not vote for the Senate health care bill without tighter restrictions on abortion funding.
USA Today looks at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s efforts to keep all 60 members of his caucus together on health care reform.
The Senate health care bill contains a provision that would provide greater protections for women to nurse in the workplace.
The Washington Post profiles a federal employee who was forced to pay out of pocket for an abortion when it was discovered the fetus had anencephaly, a defect that leaves the fetus with almost no brain. The article goes on to look at the effects that the Stupak-Pitts amendment, if included in the final health care bill, will have on women’s health.
RH Reality Check’s Kathleen Reeves responds to Sheryl Gay Stolberg’s New York Times piece on how women’s attitudes about abortion and the right to choose differ by generation. She argues that Stolberg’s analysis is correct, and adds that abortion needs to remain legal in order for women to have the luxury to discuss abortion care in more nuanced terms.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit to block a fetal personhood measure from going on the ballot in Alaska. Supporters of the measure hope to make abortion illegal by defining fetuses as “legal persons.”