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Day of Action to Stop Stupak

By Rachel Walden |

Today pro-choice folks are converging on D.C. for a National Day of Action to support health care reform that includes a full range of reproductive health services for women and to oppose the Stupak Amendment, which prohibits abortion coverage in any public option and creates bureaucratic hurdles that could make it difficult for women to pay for abortion coverage with their own money.

Christine has written about the amendment several times on this blog, and the NPR pieces linked above also provide good background info.

Supporters include Planned Parenthood, NOW, YWCA, Choice USA, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Association of University Women, the ACLU, and others. Each of these organization websites has information on the basic schedule for the day, background materials on the issue, and tips for/ways of taking action for those not in D.C., including petitions, draft emails, and guidance for making phone calls to Senators/Representatives.

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Tweets from the event can be followed at #stopstupak. Have photos or reports from the scene? Let us know in the comments!

Stupak Amendment Debate Coverage & Results

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

The House is debating the Stupak amendment limiting access to abortion services — you can watch it on C-SPAN.org, or follow along on the Twitters (hashtag #stupak), where many of us are quoting the representatives for and against. I’m @cmc2

For more background, read “Abortion Fight Erupts in Health Care Debate” at The New York Times, and “House Democrats Will Consider Stupak’s Abortion Amendment On The Floor” at Think Progress’ Wonk Room.

And in case the current … More

Election-Related Repro Rights Round-Up

By Rachel Walden |

A few good commentaries on what last week’s midterm election results mean for reproductive rights:

Ms Magazine: Election 2010: Pro-Choice Sustains Big Losses; Abortion Not Deciding Factor notes that 13 of the Democratic house losses were anti-choice Democrats defeated by anti-choice Republicans; “Perhaps more telling, 24 House Democrats who lost had voted yes on the Stupak/Pitts Amendment.”

Lisa Hymas at Grist: What does the election mean for population and reproductive rights? points out that at least 10 governorships have flipped from … More

“The New Abortion Providers” and the Old Political Dilemmas

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

The New York Times has published online an extensive article about “The New Abortion Providers” (it will appear in print in Sunday’s Magazine), which I highly recommend reading. Such detailed reporting from a mainstream publication on the struggles of individual medical students and doctors to make abortion an accepted, integrated part of healthcare is quite welcomed.

The story provides both a historical and personal context for understanding the challenges — and the courageous dedication — of women’s health advocates on the frontlines of reproductive … More

Reproductive Health: The Facts on Health Care Reform, Georgia and Lilith Fair (Yes, All of the Above)

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Putting HCR in Context: The Guttmacher Institute looks at the pros and cons of health care reform as it relates to reproductive health, including sex education, Medicaid expansion and funding for public health programs.

The research institute notes that insurance companies not only would have to “jump through numerous, unprecedented hoops to estimate the cost of abortion coverage and ensure that the abortion payments never mix with other funds,” but “they also are likely to face extensive public scrutiny and protest around their action.”

All told, … More

Health Care Reform: How it Passed and What Comes Next

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

In case you slept through Sunday’s exciting (no, really! it was!) health care debate on the House floor, here’s a look at what went down — and, most importantly, what health care reform means for the country and for you.

The Nut Graph

The House approved the Senate bill by a vote of 219-212, with 34 Democrats voting against and zero Republican support. The bill expands insurance coverage to 32 million additional people; approximately 23 million will remain uninsured, about one-third of … More

Double Dose: What Will Happen to Healthcare Reform?; Stopping Campus Rape; Granny Midwife Margaret Charles Smith is Honored; and More …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

On How a Bill Becomes a Law: The bill that will likely become the reconciliation bill on healthcare has been posted. Ezra Klein explains what it means.

Democratic leaders say a bill will pass this week.  House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) pledges obstruction, saying Republicans will do “everything we can to make it difficult for them, if not impossible, to pass the bill.”

Jen Nedeau covers the multiple threats to women’s health and reproductive rights that must be addressed, including the House … More

Women’s Health Advocates Call for Better Healthcare Reform

By Rachel Walden |

Last week, Raising Women’s Voices and Women of Color United for Health Reform delivered a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and several committee chairs on health care reform. The letter — signed by Our Bodies Ourselves and many other supporting organizations — thanks these leaders for their support of healthcare reform and provides recommendations related to women’s health for inclusion in the final legislation.

The signing organizations believe that the final legislation must not add new barriers or … More

Judy Norsigian Featured on “Liberadio(!)”

By Rachel Walden |

OBOS co-founder and executive director Judy Norsigian has been in Nashville, TN, for the weekend, and this morning she was a guest on  Liberadio(!), Mary Mancini and Freddie O’Connell’s local political radio show.

Topics covered include the history of the organization and the need for its work (including the landmark book and newer initiatives), the PRIM&R conference Judy attended while in town, Senator Kennedy, health care reform, media portrayals of health reform proposals, the Stupak amendment, abortion, age discrimination, social justice … More

House Health Care Reform Bill Passes: 220-215

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

The passage is bittersweet, but finally it’s done … With 6:51 time remaining to vote, Democrats have secured the 218 “yea” votes needed to pass the Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962).

Final tally 220-215; 39 Democrats voted “no.” One Republican — Rep. Joseph Cao, who represents the New Orleans area — voted “yea.”

“Democrats have sought for decades to provide universal health care, but not since the 1965 passage of Medicare and Medicaid has a chamber of Congress approved such a vast … More