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The Stupak amendment was not exactly a surprise to anyone, but those who should have defended women’s rights.
It has been submitted – and defeated- in committee back in July – and nobody heard or wrote a thing about it.
Not NARAL, not Planned Parenthood, nor any of the people who asked women to protect their reproductive rights by voting for Obama
And as all so called progressives in Congress were laying down for Stupak for Saturday’s vote – because how could they harm Obama?
the author himself was incredulous how easy it was and amazingly declated:
“It’s more than what we thought we would get.”
Not more that Obama thought they’d get though, as he repeated his statement in the healthcare speech in his interview with Jake Tapper yesterday. Tapper asked the very question:
when you gave your joint address to Congress, that under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions. This amendment passed Saturday night which not only prohibits abortion coverage in the public option, but also prohibits women who receive subsidies from taking out plans that — that provide abortion coverage. Does that meet the promise that you set out or does it over reach, does it go too far?
And Obama, speaking with both sides of his mouth leaves this much:
this is a health care bill, not an abortion bill. (not anymore!) And we’re not looking to change what is the principle that has been in place for a very long time, which is federal dollars are not used to subsidize abortions.
And I want to make sure that the provision that emerges meets that test — that we are not in some way sneaking in funding for abortions
And then, Mr Changey talks about …not changing the status quo.
B0bots and pro-choice organizations, I have a picture for you to look at.