The Senate passed another 60-vote hurdle this morning on health care, voting 60-39 to end debate and move to a vote on a package of changes by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Democrats are now anticipating final passage in the Senate before Christmas.
The New York Times reports that there are many issues for the Democrats to hash out between the different Senate and House health care bills, and that abortion coverage will be among the most difficult to resolve.
Cecile Richards, of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, writes on the Huffington Post that the Nelson compromise trades away millions of women’s access to health care for a single vote, and will result in a system that places excessive administrative burdens on health insurance companies that cover abortion care.
George Washington University Professor Sara Rosenbaum analyzes how health care reform legislation may result in health insurance companies no longer covering abortion care.
The New York Times editorial board points out that the Nelson compromise would result in a “deplorable interference by state governments into decisions that should be made by a woman and her doctor.” The board, however, supports passage of the Senate health care bill.
The judge in the murder trial against Scott Roeder, the man charged with killing Dr. George Tiller, has denied Roeder’s request to use the so-called “necessity defense.”
A judge has extended the restraining order against the Oklahoma law requiring the state to post personal information about women who have abortions on a public website.
The Milwaukee School Board voted unanimously to approve condom distribution in the city’s high schools. The condoms will be given to students free of charge, but only after they go to the nurse’s office to request them. The school board took this measure because Milwaukee has a high rate of teen pregnancy and STD infections.
An opinion piece in the San Jose Mercury News urges the U.S. Senate to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, which was adopted by the UN in 1979. The United States is one of only seven nations, including Somalia, Iran and Sudan, that have not ratified it.
The Mexico City assembly voted yesteday to legalize gay marriage, and the city’s mayor is expected to sign the bill into law.