Health Care and Abortion Coverage
Another anti-choice Democrat, Rep. Dan Lipinski from Illinois, warned party leaders Tuesday that if there are not tight restrictions on federal funding for abortion, he will vote against health care reform.
Meanwhile, Rep. Bart Stupak said Tuesday that while he is more optimistic about reaching a compromise on abortion language in the health care reform bill, no such compromise has been designed yet.
NPR reports on the powerful anti-choice lobby, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which has drawn fire from more liberal Catholic organizations and pro-choice groups for holding health care reform hostage to their agenda.
Politico discusses abortion as a major hurdle for Congress to pass health care reform by the March 18th deadline set last week.
The L.A. Times features an editorial about a speech in 1960 by then-Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy, where he stressed the absolute separation of church and state, and stated that as President, he would act, “in accordance with what my conscience tells me to be the national interest, and without regard to outside religious pressures or dictates.” As abortion plays a large role in health care reform, pro-choice Catholic politicians are holding this up as an example that they should not have to choose between their faith and sound political judgement.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius puts more pressure on the U.S. health insurance industry to support health care reform.
Thousands of people from across the U.S. gathered to rally in support of health care reform, and to protest an insurance industry conference, yesterday in Washington, D.C.
Governor Gregoire said yesterday that she will not know until the Thursday deadline for adjournment whether she will need to call a special session of the state Legislature to finish necessary legislation.
Pro-choice Connie Saltonstall of Charlevoix said yesterday that she plans to run against anti-choice Rep. Bart Stupak for the Democratic nomination of Michigan’s First Congressional District, citing Stupak’s efforts to stop health care reform over abortion coverage.
Pro-choice activists are campaigning in Illinois against extreme anti-choice Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady.
A bill that would require school districts to offer comprehensive sex education in Minnesota has been approved by the House K-12 Education Policy and Oversight Committee, and will now go to the House floor.
Two state House Republicans in Kentucky, Reps. David Floyd of Bardstown and Tim Moore of Elizabethtown, continue to stall important legislation by filing unrelated anti-choice amendments to bills that would offer better security for social workers and cut premiums for some children’s Medicaid coverage, among other things.
A bill has been introduced in the Georgia state legislature that would make performing an abortion based on race or sex illegal. Pro-choice advocates are outraged and claim that the bill violates doctor-patient privacy by requiring that the reason for an abortion be documented and reported. Family Planning Health Services (FPHS) in Wisconsin is creating a fund-raising campaign of their own to raise awareness around family planning and contraception in response to anti-choice protesters who are part of the “Forty Days for Life” campaign.
Other Noteworthy News
Today is the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers and Feministe highlights the important work they do in the United States.
RH Reality Check features a piece honoring the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers.
Today is also women and girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and RH Reality Check discusses the importance of the day citing that AIDS continues to be the leading cause of death among African-American women aged 25 to 34 years old.
RH Reality Check talks about why it is important for all women to be regularly tested for HIV, and how in order for that to happen, insurance companies must be willing to fully reimburse the test.
The New York Times features an editorial that warns against the increasingly emboldened anti-choice movement since the U.S. Supreme Court departed from precedent to uphold a federal ban on a particular method of abortion three years ago. The article cites numerous proposed bills in state legislatures that would put unconstitutional restrictions on abortion.