NOW comes out against Senate HCR

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.

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Re: NOW comes out against Senate HCR

The Nelson compromise is not great, but it is far better than Stupak and has the support of Barbara Boxer. The Stupak amendment was passed by majority vote because Nancy Pelosi allowed it to be voted on. She thought she had to do this in order for the bill to pass.

The left lost this fight along time ago. I am not sure why NOW, Emily's List and all the other women's rights organizations are not placing all the pressure in the world on Olympia Snowe to vote for cloture. If she did, Democrats would not need Ben Nelson and he would have no leverage.

But NOW has been irrelevant for decades, guess they don't want to change that streak now.

by Lolis 2009-12-19 10:56AM | 0 recs
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NOW got their tax on plastic surgery removed according to Ezra Klein:

And then there's my favorite sentence in the CBO report: "The 5 percent excise tax on cosmetic surgery was eliminated, and a 10 percent excise tax on indoor tanning services was added." Alrighty then.

So, yeah, NOW really has it's priorities straight.

by Lolis 2009-12-19 11:05AM | 0 recs
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Time for another round of "Those Inconvenient Single-Issue Groups"!!!  Always a fun pastime on the blogs.

by Steve M 2009-12-19 11:28AM | 0 recs
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i think the tax on indoor tanning was a giant "F-YOU" to GOP minority leader Boehner, haha

by jeopardy 2009-12-19 11:31AM | 0 recs
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I wonder what the racial breakdown is of people who use tanning salons.  Just sayin...

by Steve M 2009-12-19 11:41AM | 0 recs
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good point.

and sadly, it looks like the Boehner thing wasn't so original - i've now read the same joke in two other places.

I guess it was too obvious

by jeopardy 2009-12-19 11:46AM | 0 recs
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oh, and that indoor tanning stuff is about the most unhealthy thing a person can do, so whatever.

by jeopardy 2009-12-19 11:47AM | 0 recs
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There goes my monthly tanning appointment with the girls....

NOW's position is understandable with regards to the right to choose for women , I support their position...I just don't think it would be wise to sacrifice the legislation ,even with its flaws.

by lori 2009-12-19 11:37AM | 0 recs
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I'm glad NOW opposes it. We already know that any compromise deemed by the left to be 'acceptable' is deemed by the right to be 'not far enough'.

by vecky 2009-12-19 03:01PM | 0 recs
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yeah, those crazy liberals who want to protect womens rights! damn them!

by jeopardy 2009-12-19 04:09PM | 0 recs
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It is the greatest of tragedies that the House-Senate committee bill is still filibusterable.

by Bob H 2009-12-20 01:43AM | 0 recs
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NOW is misnamed.  If they were being honest, they would call themselves the National Organization for Upper and Upper Middle Class White Women of the Left.  Their focus issues apply to less than 5 percent of the population.  Therefore, it's not surprising that less than 5% of the population gives a mad fuck what NOW has to say.

To wit, how many women returning to work in their 40s and 50s are concerned about a tax on plastic surgery?  I have yet to meet one.  "I haven't worked in ten years, but I can still afford a plastic surgeon." Don't worry, Mrs 90210, NOW's got your back.

by SuperCameron 2009-12-20 07:34AM | 0 recs

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