This Stupak amendment is going to have to get changed greatly or jettisoned all together.? 41 Dems have now signed on to voting against a bill that contains Stupak.? Greg Sargent has the letter:

November 7, 2009

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker
U.S. House of Representatives
H-232 Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Madam Speaker:

As members of Congress we believe that women should have access to a full range of reproductive health care. Health care reform must not be misused as an opportunity to restrict women?s access to reproductive health services.

The Stupak-Pitts amendment to H.R. 3962, The Affordable Healthcare for America Act, represents an unprecedented and unacceptable restriction on women?s ability to access the full range of reproductive health servicesto which they are lawfully entitled. We will not vote for a conference report that contains language that restricts women?s right to choose any further than current law.

Sincerely,

This shit really works me up.? Either there is a Constitutionally protected right of a woman to choose how to manage her own body with respect to pregnancies or there isn’t.? This continual chipping away at this right has to stop.? This is a big problem for Obama as I know he wants to have a landmark health care bill.? Doing so while eroding the civil liberties of women is not going to work.? Patting the little wingnuts and blue dogs on the head at some point is going to poison the thing.

Stupak is going to have to go, or Dems have to reconcile it.? This is going to be challenging.? Expect to hear much more on this in the coming days.

Update 2:54pm

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz is confident that the Stupak Amendment will most likely not be in the final health care bill:

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  • FYI, NYT says two Dem Senators already are considering inserting Stupak-like amendments into their version of hcr:

    “Now some Senate Democrats, including Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Ben Nelson of Nebraska, are pushing to incorporate the same restrictions in their own bill. Senior Senate Democratic aides said the outcome was too close to call.”

    Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/09/us/politics/0

  • Thanks, Jill. This is most certainly going to be the focus of the week as it relates to health care reform. Watching it closely as I know you are.

    The Dude minds. This will not stand, this amendment will not stand man!

  • Thanks, Eric.

    FYI:

    Pete Sessions sees it as a VAT – and you need to check out what the V stands for:

    http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2009/11/08/just-la

    And we can also view it as a subsidy for male anatomy:

    http://seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/13796

    I didn't write those posts – just lettin' folks know how Stupak affects 150 million Americans called…females.

  • AmberinVA

    As a politically-active 30-something feminist, I have to say I do not want to see health care reform defeated because of this amendment. Let's get the reform in place and deal with this issue later. The Republicans are just trying to distract us – and, surprise, surprise – we are falling for it!

    I understand the argument that this will disproportionately impact lower-income women, but, come on, they (and their families) need access to health care now!

    BTW, am I the only woman who didn't know abortion was covered by ANY health insurance plan?

  • FYI, NYT says two Dem Senators already are considering inserting Stupak-like amendments into their version of hcr:

    “Now some Senate Democrats, including Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Ben Nelson of Nebraska, are pushing to incorporate the same restrictions in their own bill. Senior Senate Democratic aides said the outcome was too close to call.”

    Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/09/us/politics/0

  • Thanks, Jill. This is most certainly going to be the focus of the week as it relates to health care reform. Watching it closely as I know you are.

    The Dude minds. This will not stand, this amendment will not stand man!

  • Thanks, Eric.

    FYI:

    Pete Sessions sees it as a VAT – and you need to check out what the V stands for:

    http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2009/11/08/just-la

    And we can also view it as a subsidy for male anatomy:

    http://seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/13796

    I didn't write those posts – just lettin' folks know how Stupak affects 150 million Americans called…females.

  • Amber

    As a politically-active 30-something feminist, I have to say I do not want to see health care reform defeated because of this amendment. Let's get the reform in place and deal with this issue later. The Republicans are just trying to distract us – and, surprise, surprise – we are falling for it!

    I understand the argument that this will disproportionately impact lower-income women, but, come on, they (and their families) need access to health care now!

    BTW, am I the only woman who didn't know abortion was covered by ANY health insurance plan?

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