Health Care and Abortion Coverage
Anti-choice Rep. Bart Stupak now says that he will resume talks with House leaders this week to iron out disputed language on insurance coverage for abortion in the health care reform bill and that he feels they can reach agreement.
The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein writes that the Stupak Amendment, also known as the ban on abortion coverage, is as much about class as it is about choice. He argues that “poorer women who will be using subsidies on the exchange are a much easier target” than more affluent women.
Writing for Talking Points Memo, Brian Beutler suggests that with some arm-twisting, at least some of the dozen anti-choice Democrats Rep. Stupak says will join him in blocking health care reform without more stringent abortion restrictions can be convinced to support the legislation.
Last night the Washington House approved a $680 million tax package, which would generate revenue by closing tax loopholes; extending the sales tax to candy and gum, bottled water, custom software and elective plastic surgery; and adding $1 to the cigarette tax. The House tax proposal is significantly smaller than the proposal passed by the Senate, which includes a temporary increase in the sales tax.
Rumors are circulating that anti-choice King County executive candidate Susan Hutchison, who lost to pro-choice now-Executive Dow Constantine by a wide margin, is considering challenging pro-choice Sen. Patty Murray.
Salon.com reports on an ad campaign on New York City subways sponsored by the anti-choice organization Abortion Changes You. The ads either depict a woman saying “I thought life would be the way it was before” or a man saying “I often wonder if there was something I could have done to help her.”
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed the revised bill criminalizing miscarriages caused “intentionally”.
The LA Times profiles an anti-choice pastor who runs three limited service pregnancy centers (also known as “crisis pregnancy centers” or fake clinics) in California and who runs a mobile limited service pregnancy center that he drives to Los Angeles to urge women not to choose abortion care.
Other Noteworthy News
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Nation has compiled a slideshow and archive of articles chronicling milestones in the women’s movement.
The Nation’s Katha Pollitt writes about the 2009 Global Gender Gap report of the World Economic Forum and where women are making strides or are facing setbacks in gender equality around the world.