This morning we’re still seeing reactions from
voters on how their politicians chose to vote on Stupak Amendment. On Wednesday
the city council of Berkeley, Calif. voted
to send wire coat hangers –one gruesome symbol of the means of self-induced abortion women were forced
to resort to when safe and legal abortions were illegal in the United States – to those "pro-choice"
members of Congress who voted in favor of the Stupak Amendment.
Meanwhile Iowa Senator Tom Harkin says his Senate colleague
Ben Nelson’s position on abortion is
inconsistent. Nelson has threatened to vote against the final health care
reform bill if he doesn’t get his way on the issue of whether health insurance
providers on the new exchanges will cover abortion services.
"We have had a
consistent policy of no federal funding for abortions, we’ve all lived with
that for many years," Harkin says. "I think we have a basic understanding in
this country of where we are on that issue. To the extent that Senator Nelson
wants to change that, he’s out of the mainstream."
Harkin says "we’ve been
up and down that issue" plenty of times. Today is the 11th consecutive day of
floor debate on the health care reform plan. Harkin is among a group of key
Senate Democrats who are working on a compromise version of the plan. Harkin
says he hopes Nelson joins the rest of the party in backing the massive piece
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"Whether or not he’s
going to support the bill in its final form or not, I just don’t know," Harkin
says. "I don’t know what he said this morning. I’ve heard a lot of different
things said by the senator from Nebraska. He’s been all over the map on this
and he was one of the ten in the room with us forging this compromise so I’ll
just say, well, we’ll see what happens when it happens."
A Maryland woman who, after discovering seven and a
half months into her pregnancy that her fetus had severe brain abnormalities, had
to travel to Florida to obtain an abortion, thanked
senators Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara
Mikulski for voting against the Nelson-Hatch-CaseyAmendment.
As I listen to the
debate regarding abortion coverage in the proposed health care system, I can’t
help but ask: What about circumstances like mine? How can families – especially
federal employees – facing such a terrible prognosis be omitted from insurance
coverage for abortion? The majority of private health insurance plans cover
abortion; however, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program prohibits
coverage of abortion except in cases of rape, incest or life endangerment. This
policy forces federal employees and their dependents in my situation to pay out
of pocket for abortion care.
Bonus item: Travis County in Texas, the board of Central Health unanimously approved
contracts to continue providing abortions for low-income women.
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