Pro-choice members of the House are in revolt, threatening to kill the health care bill after Nancy Pelosi agreed to give Bart Stupak a vote on a concurrent resolution which would tie his language on abortion to the Senate bill and substitute it for the Nelson language.
Marcia Pappas, President of New York Now, released an open letter encouraging the women in Congress to oppose the deal:
March 19, 2010
An open letter to every woman in Congress:
Today, women in the United States are fighting for their lives. You must fight too! A womans right to have safe and legal abortion is about to be traded away.
We are asking all of you fight like you have never fought before. Tonight, It has become clear that the our Democratic President Obama, Democratic Speaker of the House (Nancy Pelosi) and Democratic Leader (Harry Reid) are trading away womens lives.
Every woman in Congress should MAKE HISTORY AND WALK OUT ! This is your chance to stand up for what is right! Forget politics, forget saving your seat! You must take a chance!
If you sit back and allow the passage of the health care bill with Stupak, women in America will not vote for another Democrat ..myself included. Because there will essentially be no difference between the Democrats and the Republicans.
What will it be? Will you all go down in history following the boys, or will you finally stand up for what is right? Its up to all of you. We elected you because we believed that having women at the table would make a difference. Dont let us down.
Marcia A. Pappas
According to The Hill, were the resolution to pass the House, it would instruct the Senate clerk to change the healthcare bill to reflect Stupaks more restrictive language to prohibit federal dollars from going toward abortion coverage.
There were 41 members of Congress who signed Diana DeGettes letter saying we will not vote for a conference report that contains language that restricts womens right to choose any further than current law. Although the language in the Senate bill most certainly goes way beyond current law, the members have thus far stayed silent and DeGette has not released the names on the letter.
Jan Schakowsky, Mike Capuano, Mike Quigley, Carolyn Maloney, Judy Chu and Louise Slaughter have publicly said that they signed the letter. Betsy Markey and Anne Kirkpatrick are also signatories.
As I mentioned this morning, abortion would not be an issue in the Plan B alternative that the White House was contemplating three weeks ago, which would evidently expand existing programs Medicaid and SCHIP. It would cover half the people at a quarter of the price, but it would not include the politically toxic mandate that threatens to trigger nationwide opposition in the form of 2010 ballot amendments. Because it creates no new infrastructure for the purpose of funneling money to private insurance companies, there is no need for either Bart Stupaks or Ben Nelsons language dealing with abortion which satisfies the concerns of both pro-choice and anti-choice members of Congress.
Both programs are already covered under existing law, the Hyde amendment.
If anti-abortion language is not in the Senate bill, how can any kind of concession be made to the Senate bill before the House, to include new language?
Isn’t this just the Stupak charade all over again? Republicans are afraid to vote against such a move, even though the vote itself has no impact and won’t stop the bill from becoming law. So the panties-in-a-wad feminists don’t have to vote for it, but it passes, which gives the Stupak stooges enough cover to vote the bill into law.
That whole "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" thing gets tougher every day.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus.
Sounds good to me. . .