The New York Times looks at the negotiations within the Democratic caucus to pass a health care bill in the Senate by President Obama’s Christmas deadline.
Anti-choice Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson is now the only holdout in the Democratic caucus. He is reviewing compromise language that spells out how federal and private funds would be kept separate for abortion coverage. Senate Republicans are also using stall tactics in an attempt to push the vote on the Senate health care bill past Christmas.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is pressing the Senate to include tighter restrictions on abortion access in the health care bill.
The Austin American-Statesman editorializes in support of public funding of abortion care, arguing that abortion should be treated like any other medical procedure.
A Senate panel heard testimony on the nationwide backlog of untested rape kits on Tuesday.
Researchers are running a trial to see if doctors should recommend that obese women not gain any weight at all during pregnancy.
The Washington, D.C. City Council voted to legalize gay marriage. The mayor has promised to sign the bill; the only remaining hurdle is Congress, which has final say over the laws passed in the district. Congress is not expected to overrule the law.
New York City is holding a contest for the design of the wrapper of the city’s official condom. The mayor’s office distributes more than 40 million free condoms a year.