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