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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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PSA: Not My Tax Dollars

Posted in Legal, Medical, News, Politics and Sex, Sex Ed, Stuff to do, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2010 by Chase

From the Center for Reproductive Rights and featuring Jay Smooth, who video blogs at Ill Doctrine and has helped us out in the past with other informative videos, such as: 

A Layman’s Guide to “No Homo”

and…

How to Tell Someone They Sound Racist

Senators kill Anti-Abortion Amendment

Posted in Legal, Medical, News, Politics and Sex with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2009 by Chase

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The Stupak Amendment in the health care reform bill that was passed by the House of Representatives would have represented a major blow to the accessibility of abortion services in America.

Yesterday it’s incarnation in the Senate, sponsored by Sen. Ben Nelson (D) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R), was tabled by a vote of 54-45. Outspoken opponents of the amendment included both Senators from California,  Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) and Dianne Feinstein (D). Regardless of what does make it through to the final bill, at least we dodged a bullet on this one. Read more

Health Care Reform Bill passes House containing abortion restrictions

Posted in Legal, Medical, News, Politics and Sex, You Fucked Up! with tags , , , , , , on November 9, 2009 by Chase

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The Stupak-Pitt amendment added to HR 3962 before it passed the House of Representatives restricts federal funding from being used to cover abortion services. In other words, if you want to get an abortion covered by heath insurance, you’d need to have already purchased supplemental coverage ahead of time. So make sure you plan ahead for those unintended pregnancies, ok? See for yourself

Or maybe not, because pro-choice Dems may sink the bill in the senate. Health care reform… or women’s rights… this is not a choice I envy.

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