Health Care and Abortion Coverage
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she may try to use a procedural maneuver that will allow the House to pass the health care reform bill without having members vote on it. The House would vote on a more popular package of fixes to the Senate bill; under the House rule for that vote, passage would signify that lawmakers “deem” the health care bill to be passed.
Americans United for Life is launching a print advertising campaign to pressure House Democrats to vote against the health care bill without tighter restrictions on access to abortion care.
Carol Joffe, author of “Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Costs of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients, and the Rest of Us,” explains in a guest blog post for the Washington Post why damage has already been done to future insurance coverage of abortion, regardless of how the health care reform effort ends.
After the murder of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller last year, Dr. Curtis Boyd, of New Mexico, has announced that he will start performing late-term abortions. He has hired two physicians who used to work Dr. Tiller on a rotating basis; all three have been the targets of threats in the past, and in 2007 Dr. Boyd’s office was set on fire.
Enough signatures have been gathered to qualify a measure requiring parental notification or consent in order for minors to get abortion care on Alaska’s August ballot. The exact wording of the measure is still unclear.
Other Noteworthy News
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, leader of the court’s liberal-leaning wing, says he will decide within a month whether he will retire or stay on the court for another term. He is the longest-serving justice on the bench, and will turn 90 next month.
Writing for RH Reality Check, Rebecca Spence examines the rights of pregnant women to refuse surgery.
A study published in the British medical journal BMJ found that women who take the birth control pill are likely to live longer than women who have never taken the pill.