Grain of Salt: Reid to Include Anti-abortion Provision?
by bruh3, Mon Nov 09, 2009 at 12:44:03 PM EST
Take this with a grain of salt, but Politico is reporting that Reid may include the Stupak anti-abortion provision in the Senate version of the bill:
"Senator Reid opposes abortion except in the cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is at risk. Passing comprehensive health reform and improving access to health care will likely go a long way towards reducing the rate of unintended pregnancies and the resulting abortions.
I expect that any bill that Senator Reid brings to the floor will ensure that no federal funds are used for abortion and that the conscience rights of providers and health care facilities like Catholic Hospitals are protected."
It is from Politico. Therefore, I am not sure how much this should be considered true.
On top of Reid's position, there is this from the White House:
EDIT: The President has come out with a strong statemnet against Stupak: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/abc-news-exclusive-obama-jobs-health-care-ft/story?id=9033559
Abortion is not my issue. However, I can do the math:
Year Gender (% of tot) Dem GOP Net Dem advantage
2006 Female (51%) 55% 43% +12
Male (49%) 50% 47% +3
2008 Female (53%) 56% 42% +14
Male (47%) 52% 46% +6
"A source sends over a working copy of the letter without the signatories, and the source says it currently bears the signatures of 41 House Dems. They're all vowing to vote No on a bill if it contains the Stupak amendment -- enough to sink the bill"
When I mentioned this possibility this weekend, I was told here and on other blogs two things: a) President Obama promised progressives in the House that this would not appear in the final bill and b) That there was no chance this would appear in the Senate Bill.
I am not saying it will happen because again this is not my issue. I am saying that trial balloons are being put out.
This is how people continue to get punk'd. They say "nah, this will never happen for some reason or another." It happens. They say, "nah, they won't do this." The thing they predict will not happen does, in fact, happen.
For the record, I think if this shows up in the bill it will be electoral suicide not because of the bill alone (which would still probably pass), but because of the waves throughout the base. Forgetting the policy and morality here, on the level of politics and remembering who butters our electoral bread, the decisions in the DC bubblethink are often unreal. I hope this is false and is just bad reporting.