Keeping Religion Out of Health Care & Giving Reproductive Freedoms (equal access) to Poor Women

November 7th, 2009 · 23 Comments

This morning I have been watching the health care debate on C-SPAN, and if there is one thing you do today, I encourage you to call your representatives asking them to oppose the Stupak amendment. A woman’s right to chose should not be restricted. Jack & Jill Politics has a good post up summarizing why this amendment should be voted down. Women with private insurance have had access to choice, but poor women often do not and become demonized for exercising their choice in handling their reproductive care. If you don’t have your representatives contact information, you can also use this tool.

Update via Matt Ortega on Democrats (note the Hispanic Caucus Members), who voted for the Stupak amendment, which passed:

Baca *
Bishop (GA)
Cardoza *
Costa *
Cuellar *
Davis (AL)
Davis (TN)
Donnelly (IN)
Gordon (TN)
Neal (MA)
Ortiz *
Reyes *
Rodriguez *
Ryan (OH)
Salazar *
Wilson (OH)

Tags: Abortion rights · Congressional Hispanic Caucus · health care

23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anna // Nov 7, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    I called my Rep. It amazes me how the Catholic Church, with its own history of child abuse, has the nerve to limit not only a woman’t right to choose, but gay rights.

  • 2 theKaiser // Nov 7, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Religion ruins everything.

  • 3 Anna // Nov 8, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Statement of NOW President Terry O’Neill

    November 8, 2009

    The House of Representatives has dealt the worst blow to women’s fundamental right to self-determination in order to buy a few votes for reform of the profit-driven health insurance industry. We must protect the rights we fought for in Roe v. Wade. We cannot and will not support a health care bill that strips millions of women of their existing access to abortion.

    Birth control and abortion are integral aspects of women’s health care needs. Health care reform should not be a vehicle to obliterate a woman’s fundamental right to choose.

    The Stupak Amendment goes far beyond the abusive Hyde Amendment, which has denied federal funding of abortion since 1976. The Stupak Amendment, if incorporated into the final version of health insurance reform legislation, will:

    •Prevent women receiving tax subsidies from using their own money to purchase private insurance that covers abortion;

    •Prevent women participating in the public health insurance exchange, administered by private insurance companies, from using 100 percent of their own money to purchase private insurance that covers abortion;

    •Prevent low-income women from accessing abortion entirely, in many cases.

    NOW calls on the Senate to pass a health care bill that respects women’s constitutionally protected right to abortion and calls on President Obama to refuse to sign any health care bill that restricts women’s access to affordable, quality reproductive health care.

  • 4 Michaelr // Nov 8, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Shame on Joe Baca, Dennis Cardoza, Jim Costa, Henry Cuellar, Solomon Ortiz, Silvestre Reyes, Ciro Rodriguez, and John Salazar for being myopic self-serving, taxpayer supported public whores for voting for the Stupak (Stupid) amendment. Hopefully your disregard for the rights of women is noticed by the voters in your district and you don’t return to Capitol Hill.

  • 5 Reyfeo // Nov 8, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    As a Tax Payer, I don’t want money paying for an abortion, good on the catholic Chirch and God fearing folks who see it that way!!!

  • 6 Anna // Nov 8, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    You aren’t the only one paying taxes!! And why should my taxes pay for some man’s Viagra? Why should my taxes pay for the death penalty? Or the war?

    And the Stupak Amendment doesn’t just prevent federal funds from being used to pay for abortion, it also limits private insurers that are part of the exchange from covering it. That is bulls*!#

    The Catholic Church is full of molesters and people who cover up for them. They need to clean up their own house and stop meddling in public policy.

  • 7 Reyfeo // Nov 9, 2009 at 5:21 am

    I’m not going to rationalize the Catholic Church’s past, but they do follow (or try to) the beliefs ingrained in the Bible and so its probably no surprise to you, I support that.

    As for your taxes paying for War, Viagra and the Death Penalty, when that bill comes up, urge your Rep to vote against it.

  • 8 Reyfeo // Nov 9, 2009 at 5:36 am

    One more note to the author of these piece…you assume “poor” women, because they are poor, are being neglected “reproductive freedom”…”Reproductive freedom” is when Women (and Men) choose to sleep with idiots after a slobbering night of heavy drinking, then hitting climax and orgasm level screaming (all the while shouting YES, YES, YES!!!) with out thinking about protection beyond “trust me”.

    And lastly, you wouldn’t be screaming for open borders had we saved every child this country has aborted…those #’s alone would have you telling your “Latino” brethren to stay home, because we’d have a plentiful (new Generation) workforce to replace the baby boomers who are retiring. So yes, good on our Reps for banning this from the already very stupid bill, all 1900+ pages of it.

  • 9 Anna // Nov 9, 2009 at 9:17 am

    I wonder if this health care bill is even constitutional. If it passes, they will force everybody who makes a certain amount of money to purchase private health insurance. Can the government legally force you to buy a private product? And can the government legally prevent a private insurance company from covering a legal medical procedure?

    If the women’s groups in this country had not been co-opted by the DNC maybe one could them would have filed a lawsuit against the government by now.

  • 10 Anna // Nov 9, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Re: “is when Women (and Men) choose to sleep with idiots after a slobbering night of heavy drinking….”

    Please. You don’t know all of the conditions under which women seek abortions. That stereotype is your own twisted projection. Some women are raped, some women have husbands who won’t let them use birth control, and when the woman is on her fourth or fifth kid she can’t take it anymore, some women use birth control and it fails, some women can’t give birth because they have physical or mental problems, etc.

    And reading your offensive post closely shows that your concern is not “life,” but control of women. And please stop alluding to the the Bible and saying that you are just following Biblical principles. Please. The war is wrong and so is the death penalty. Republicans don’t care about life. They want to control women’s sexuality.

    Pretty soon these wackos will try to eliminate coverage for birth control.

  • 11 Reyfeo // Nov 9, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    What you need to do is stop pretending that a fetus in the womb of a women is not a human living breathing person…stop pretending its not death before birth.

  • 12 Anna // Nov 9, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    We pay for war and the death penalty with federal money, so I don’t see why Republicans favor those things, but suddently start screaming pro-life when a woman for whatever reason cannot complete a pregnancy.

  • 13 Michaelr // Nov 9, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    I will be honored to sit in Anna’s corner, if she will agree to a fight to the death “Grudge match” against Reyfeo. Since Reyfeo appears to be missing a vast portion of his cerebral vortex.

  • 14 Anna // Nov 9, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    The Stupak Amendment might outlaw coverage for miscarriages.

    “Hospitals and doctors in general do not have terminology to classify a difference between the termination of a live pregnancy and one in which the fetus has already died. To them, a D&C is a D&C, regardless of the state of the “conception materials” removed…

    I had learned the day before that the baby I thought was nearly 12 weeks old had no heartbeat, and had actually died at 8 weeks. I was given three options: wait for a miscarriage to occur on its own, something I was told my body had no intention of doing anytime soon, take medication that would expel the fetus, passing it in my own home (classified a “chemical abortion”) or come in for a D&C to remove the fetal materials.

    I chose the quick and total route of the D&C, despite the costs, prioritizing my health and the health of possible future children. I was lucky, and could afford to make that choice, because currently, my insurance cannot chose to refuse to cover what the hospital as termed an abortion.

    Thanks to the Stupak amendment, that can now change.

    Abortion is a very broad term. The pro-life contingent would like you to think it only applies to selfish, irresponsible women, murdering babies out of fear of inconvenience. That’s a caricature they have invented to push their own agenda. Many of the women who seek out abortions are women who have been raped, who have learned that their child could not survive, have learned that giving birth could physically and permanently harm them. Or, thanks to newer and vaguer language, women who have already lost the life they were carrying, and need intervention to save their own.

  • 15 Reyfeo // Nov 10, 2009 at 5:43 am

    At this point, your so call “Reproductive Freedom” is OUT! Thank God, and Thank most of the Congressman who see it my (and a large portion of America’s) way…ever think of yourself as an outlier? I think most of the time your just pissed off when you don’t get things your way. Grow up!

  • 16 Anna // Nov 10, 2009 at 8:36 am

    You need to group up and realize that you can’t control women. And why shouldn’t I be angry over women’s health care being thrown under the bus? as I said before, abortion is a legal medical procedure, and not to cover it is discriminatory. Anyway, there are enough Democrats who will not vote for the final healthcare bill if the Stupak Amendment is in it.

  • 17 Reyfeo // Nov 10, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Lets hope your right about that, I mean I really I hope it fails at the Senate!!

  • 18 Miss Karma // Nov 10, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    While I personally would not have an abortion, who in the ELL am I to tell another woman what she needs to do with her body.

    Here’s the bottom line:
    Mad Dog Fart Stupid–I mean Blue Dog Bart Stupak purposely put this claws–I mean clause in the bill to kill the whole thing- plain and simple. BTW there was absolutely NO mention of cases involving rape, and incest, nor ectopic pregnancies. I also have a problem with the spineless members of the Democratic party as it pertains to single-payer healthcare. We need more Allen Graysons and Dennis Kuciniches (Kucinich voted against the bill for right reasons)

    It is also truly amazing how these asstroturfing fleabaggers, dittoheads and Beckerheads see healthcare as something that you earn–like it’s a job, or entrance into an Ivy-League college. Then, they get all mealy mouth about liberals yet the go worship one on Sunday mornings. Healthcare is a human right and no one (not even them) should have to choose between paying rent and paying for medications/visits to the doctors. It also amazes me that these cretins are always itching and moaning about how they don’t want government controlling their lives and individual freedom, yet when it comes to the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, and the uterus, they want total control.
    Don’t even get me started on how they think that they own the patent on what defines patriotism.

    If Healtcare reform is not passed, then there needs to be an immediate and I mean IMMEDIATE push for CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM! If any one of those politicians (Repub or Dem and yes the President) gave an iota, they would have ripped up every last check given to them by these greedy health insurance companies.

    Voting for trillions of dollars to fight in a war based on bald-faced lies but won’t vote for trillions for every American to have healthcare—how pathetic and Godless!!

    …now let me exhale again

  • 19 Anna // Nov 11, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Abortion rights and women’s rights overall are being restricted in Mexico too.

    NCLR throws women under the bus

    National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

  • 20 anna // Nov 11, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    abortion is murder.not about religion. stupid liberals

  • 21 Miss Karma // Nov 12, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    to anna (the fake one)
    the majority of those mouthing off about abortion are groups such as the
    the CHRISTIAN COALITION who are all up in politics. Then there is of course C STREET in Washington DC home to politicians who identify themselves as (drum roll) EVANGELICALS.

    stupid conservatives!

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