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What Health Care Reform Means for Abortion Coverage

Posted in Legal, Medical, News, Politics and Sex with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2010 by Chase

In previous posts, we discussed the abortion restrictions that kept sneaking their way in and out of the health care debate. This legislative clusterfuck was driven by conservative democrats like Rep. Bart Stupak, who were willing to hinge their support of the final bill, which does soooo many different things to address our fucked up system… based on this one. wedge. issue.

Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan

In order to gain the support of conservadems and assure last night’s 219-212 passage of health care reform, President Obama agreed to sign an executive order that maintains the existing law of the land: the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funds from being spent on abortion services. So if you recieve federal subsidies from the reform bill to buy health insurance and want to purchase elective abortion coverage, you must do it seperately and pay for it out of pocket. The final reform bill similarly affirms the Hyde Amendment.

So, why does this matter? Because the Hyde Amendment is not set in stone. It must be renewed every year. This is key, because earlier anti-abortion provisions added to the bill and early drafts of the executive order would have strengthened the Hyde Amendment restrictions by eliminating the need for renewal. As things stand now, the bill and the order affirm current restrictions without shielding them from change down the road. Read more

So the status quo has been maintained, and both sides of the wedge are pissed. Pro-choicers, including the National Organization for Women, see this as a betrayal from the President, who is on public record opposing the Hyde Amendment. And Pro-lifers? They didn’t get the stronger restrictions they wanted, so Stupak’s a “Baby Killer“… go figure.

Actually, don’t figure. It will make your head hurt. Go finger instead.

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Gay-rights Roundup

Posted in Activism, Gender Issues, Legal, LGBT Rights, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2009 by Chase

(Image from here)

Let’s start off with the bad stuff…

In a vote of 38-24, the New York State Senate rejected a bill that would have allowed gays to marry. It sounds like the Senators who voted down the bill were thinking along these lines: “Well, the economy is bad… so gay’s can’t marry!” Right… so this effectively shuts down gay marriage chances in New York until 2011. Read more

Moving on to New Jersey- a gay marriage bill similar to the one in New York will be up for a vote this Thursday. Proponents of the bill are eager to pass it now while their outgoing Governer, who supports the bill, is in office. His replacement has promised to veto it. Keep your fingers crossed. Read more

In other good news, the Washington D.C. Council voted decisively in favor of gay marriage becoming legal in our nation’s capitol. A second vote, coming up in less than two weeks, will decide if the measure will become law. Read more

And finally… “Two of Congress’s three openly gay members said Saturday that the U.S. House is poised to pass bills to provide health coverage for the same-sex partners of gay federal workers and to protect all gay and transgender employees from job discrimination.” Read more

And that’s the legal clusterfuck for this week… what I wouldn’t give for everyone to just get off already