Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Health Care Bill, The Stupak Amendment and Abortion.

Over the summer we all saw the town hall crazies claim that abortion would be covered in the public option despite the Hyde Amendment, which prevents public funds from funding abortions. The bill that passed the House and now heads to the Senate contained language to back up the Hyde Amendment. However, in their caution they took it a step further and that has me quite upset.

Journalist Cynthia Tucker from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution had this to say about it while on the political commentary show, "Hardball with Chris Matthews:
Quite frankly I think that the majority of the members of Congress in the House and in the Senate want to do just one thing -- preserve the status quo. The Hyde Amendment, which says no tax payer money may be used to fund abortion. And I think most of the 64 people who voted for the Stupak amendment thought they were doing that but it goes much farther than that. The Stupak Amendment says that private insurers may not sell policies that give full reproductive rights coverage, in the exchange (James: The public option insurance exchange that is in the legislation headed to the Senate to be voted upon). So even if I can afford my own insurance, if I'm not getting a government subsidy at all -- I can not buy on that exchange.
James: Put another way:
"Simply put, the Stupak/Pitts amendment would restrict women's access to abortion coverage in the private health insurance market, undermining the ability of women to purchase private health plans that cover abortion, even if they pay for most of the premiums with their own money," said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, a group which is outraged over the inclusion of the amendment in the reform bill.
This bill prevents federal funds from going to fund abortions directly; (which I support). However, It also prevents women from using their own money if they want to get an abortion at say Planned Parenthood while using the public option for general health care!! That goes too far and is yet another reason to vote against the bill if it stays in its current form.

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