NOW comes out against Senate HCR
by Jerome Armstrong, Sat Dec 19, 2009 at 09:50:40 AM EST
Not unexpectedly, when you let a socially conservative Senator like Ben Nelson drive the language of the bill, NOW comes out against:We call on all senators who consider themselves friends of women's rights to reject the Manager's Amendment, and if it remains, to defeat this cruelly over-compromised legislation," O'Neill added.
Also, the NRLC has come out against the bill removing Stupak:The manager's amendment is light years removed from the Stupak-Pitts Amendment that was approved by the House of Representatives on November 8 by a bipartisan vote of 240-194. The new abortion language solves none of the fundamental abortion-related problems with the Senate bill, and it actually creates some new abortion-related problems.
NRLC will score the upcoming roll call votes on cloture on the Reid manager's amendment, and on the underlying bill, as votes in favor of legislation to allow the federal government to subsidize private insurance plans that cover abortion on demand, to oversee multi-state plans that cover elective abortions, and to empower federal officials to mandate that private health plans cover abortions even if they do not accept subsidized enrollees, among other problems.
In addition, if the final bill produced by a House-Senate conference committee does not contain the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, NRLC will score the House and Senate votes on the conference report as votes to allow federal mandates and subsidies for coverage of elective abortion. Unless the Stupak-Pitts Amendment is included in the final bill, and the new pro-abortion provisions dropped, a significant number of House members who voted for H.R. 3962 will not vote to pass the final legislation.Piss on the left, piss off the right, and the center approves? No, they are just appalled by the process.
Stupak too: "unacceptable." Hypothetically though, he just is adding his name to the list of those getting rolled by Ben Nelson on behalf of the WH.