Senator Ben Nelson
As the Health Care Bill in the US goes through the Senate, Senators Ben Nelson (Democrat) and Orrin Hatchis (Republican) are offering an amendment based largely on the Stupak amendment which was passed on the bill as it went through the House of Congress.
“My Senate amendment would ban any public funds from paying for abortions under a new health care reform bill” – TheHill.com
For regular updates on the progress of the Health Care Bill where it relates in particular to the abortion issue, keep an eye on Jill Stanek’s blog.
Planned Parenthood is really, really upset and its president, Cecile Richards today emailed supporters, asking them to email their senators opposing the Nelson amendment.
The Stupak abortion coverage ban that passed the House of Representatives last month is headed for the Senate right now – and we urgently need your help.
Republican Senator Orrin Hatch and Democratic Senator Ben Nelson are planning to introduce an amendment to the Senate health care reform bill that is virtually identical to the Stupak amendment. With both Republican and Democratic support for this damaging amendment, it is entirely possible that the resulting health care reform legislation will eliminate access to private health insurance coverage of abortion for millions of women.
This is incorrect as the Senate bill would actually allow women to buy plans that cover abortion even if they receive federal aid, however it would require insurers to segregate public and private funds and use only private money to pay for abortions. Any public option could offer abortion coverage, as long as federal money wasn’t used. This would keep government funds from being used for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest or to save a woman’s life. – Omaha.com. Cecile uses the emotive term “millions”, however it is very vague as no time-frame is given. With over 1.5 million abortions being committed in the US every year, it is impossible that “millions” of women would have access to private health insurance eliminated each year, so what is she talking about? More on this here.
We cannot let that happen. We must stop them, and we need your help. Please, send a message to your senators right now. Once you’ve sent your message, please don’t stop there. As we saw during the vote in the House of Representatives, anti-choice groups will stop at nothing to influence the vote because their goal is to outlaw abortion, no questions asked. We can’t afford to let up for even a moment. Everyone who cares about choice, health care, and women must speak up now.
“Anti-choice groups will stop at nothing” – that’s right, we have no morals or principles and will sink to the lowest possible level in order to further our cause – at least that’s what Cecile is saying. Apparently we want to outlaw abortion with no questions asked, however this is an unfair representation of the pro-life movement as a whole. A majority of pro-lifers accept that there are occasional cases where an abortion is the best solution to a complicated pregnancy.
Every day, uninsured women, men, and families visit Planned Parenthood health centers seeking care they can’t get anywhere else, and they desperately need Congress to fix our broken system to ensure health care for all. However, eliminating choice for millions of women is a price we can’t afford to pay for passing health reform.
Cecile is correct here. Planned Parenthood can’t afford to pay the price of having fewer abortions being done in the US. Planned Parenthood commits approximately 1/5 of all abortions in the US (305,310 in 2007), and at $400 each that’s at least $122 million in revenue from abortions alone each year. – InsideCatholic.com. For each abortion that does not take place, Planned Parenthood loses out – and they hate that. Especially with the Harvard Business School case study on Planned Parenthood showing that, they face “tough economic times, a hostile political environment, and limited ability to raise philanthropic dollars in a resource constrained area of the country”.
The anti-choice Stupak ban in the House and now the proposed Hatch/Nelson ban in the Senate represent a huge step backward for women. If health care reform passes with this kind of amendment intact, it would be the most serious restriction of access to abortion coverage in a generation. I can’t let that happen. I hope you can’t, either.
Thank you for your action today to stop this aggressive attack on women’s health and freedom. Together, we’ll stop the U.S. Senate from caving to pressure from the far right. I’ll keep you posted on what’s next.
Again, there’s that creative combination of words. Pro-lifers are aggressively attacking the very health of the women of America – awful! And, Cecile warns us, we must stop the Senate from caving to pressure from the far right! It’s laughable. Removing state-funding for abortion insurance coverage is hardly an aggressive attack on women’s health. And if the pro-lifers in the States backing this excellent amendment are the far right, then what do we call the National Front now?
Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
They’re scared, and for good reason – Nelson holds a swing vote, and the bill has to pass through the Senate in some form. This pivotal law change has huge ramifications for the abortion industry in the States and will be very interesting to watch over the next few days.