Sen. Menendez gives impassioned speech against Nelson Amendment in support of Women’s Rights

December 9th, 2009 · 8 Comments

A month ago, I blogged about how many Latino congressional members voted to support the Stupak amendment in the health care bill, which bans abortion coverage from health insurance companies that receive federal subsidies. That amendment ended up passing, but a similar amendment in the Senate was defeated this week in large part to some aggressive lobbying by women’s groups and citizens concerned with preserving choice.

Democratic Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska had introduced an amendment into the Senate version of the health care bill that would ban insurance companies operating in proposed insurance exchanges from offering abortion coverage to anyone receiving a government subsidy. This move plainly would put poor women at a disadvantage, whereas privileged women have always had access to abortion even when it was illegal (because they can afford black market procedures or can travel elsewhere for the procedure). Many Senators offered convincing arguments about why Nelson’s amendment and threat to block the health care bill was not a good idea. I particularly liked what Senators Durbin and Menendez had to say though.

Durbin offered this:

“Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., argued that if Nelson opposes abortion he should reconsider his threat to block the overall health legislation because it would provide 17 million uninsured women of childbearing age access to birth control, counseling and other reproductive services that might prevent unwanted pregnancies.”

And Senator Menendez said the following:

Some of the Latino men of the House of Representatives should take a cue from Senator Menendez.

Tags: Abortion rights · health care · Sen. Robert Menendez

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Joel Gomez // Dec 11, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Let’s teach our kids not to have sex before marriage. I, for one have done just that, I had the privilege to walk down the isle a virgin of the age of 22. My other daughter is a virgin too.

    Abortion is wrong. Kill the bill.

  • 2 Joel Gomez // Dec 11, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    “Women’s Rights” in the form of abortion are unconstitutional, the founders never had that in mind. Read the constitution… “the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

    We’ve made a bloody mess so far aborting over 50 million babies. Most Hispanics are against this, some Hispanics are ignorant of this issue.

  • 3 Reyfeo // Dec 12, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Well said JG…kill the bill, I for one don’t want my tax money paying for this insane procedure they call Womens Rights!

  • 4 Anna // Dec 12, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Re: “I had the privilege to walk down the isle a virgin of the age of 22. My other daughter is a virgin too.”

    That’s what they tell you. You don’t really know for sure.

  • 5 Anna // Dec 12, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Roe is the law, and you are not going to chnage that. Furthermore, Stupak and other sexist amendments will be stripped from the healthcare bill.

    All you Neanderthals want to do is control women.

  • 6 Reyfeo // Dec 13, 2009 at 7:01 am

    Then the Health Care bill will never pass…if it does, it will be political suicide for the Dems.

  • 7 Anna // Dec 13, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Please. If the Dems lose in 2010, it won’t be because iof abortion. As I said, abortion is a legal right. If the Dems lose, it will be because Obama has done nothing to reign in Wall Street theft, and nothing to truly address the economy. He’s a front man for Wall St.

  • 8 Reyfeo // Dec 13, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    If abortion is kept in the health bill as is, and it passes, you will truly awaken a conservative sleeping giant and the Dems will suffer. Most conservatives tolerate Abortion since its been an uphill battle to overturn Roe, but they will not tolerate paying for it even through taxes and any Politician who thinks otherwise (which is why many Moderate Dems have a problem with this topic as well) are/ is putting their political career at stake.

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