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Stupak’s amendment not likely to impact many women

Since only 13% of women use insurance for abortions, not too many women will be impacted by the Stupak amendment:

The restrictions were introduced as an amendment by Rep. Bart Stupak, a Michigan Democrat who opposes abortion. They aim to ensure that no taxpayer dollars fund abortion. To that end, the government-run public insurance plan set up by the House bill wouldn’t cover abortion, except in the rare cases of rape or incest, or when the pregnancy endangers the woman’s life.
Individuals getting federal subsidies to buy insurance on a new health-care exchange — a potentially large group, reaching from the working poor well into the middle class — also would be barred from buying policies that cover abortion, unless they do so with their own money. Supporters of legal abortion fear that insurers will stop offering abortion coverage for all their customers to streamline their plans, meaning millions of women could lose benefits they currently have.
Just 13% of abortions nationwide are billed to private insurance, according to a 2001 study by the Guttmacher Institute, which supports abortion rights but is cited as a reliable source of data by both sides in the abortion debate. An unknown number of people might seek reimbursement from their insurance company after the procedure. Applying the 13% figure to the most recent abortion data available suggests that fewer than 160,000 women a year rely on insurance to cover the cost of an abortion upfront.
More than 90% of abortions take place in the first trimester, at an average cost of $413.


Those who don’t have insurance now will not be losing something they have, they will just have to figure out a way to pay for it just as they have been doing.
Since only 160,000 will be impacted, why doesn’t the compassionate left raise funds to pay for the abortions of those who will now have to pay for their own abortions. If feminist organizations like NOW want women to have free access to abortions, why don’t they pay for them?

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posted November 17, 2009 at 2:50 pm

You know, Michele, even though I STRONGLY disagree with you on MOST things, your argument above actually makes sense to me.
If you hadn’t figured it out yet, I happen to be a proud liberal and a fierce supporter of President Obama. But I am also a Pro-Life Democrat. The fact that the Pro-Choice movement has such a strong hold on the Democratic Party distresses me.

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anonymous reincarnate

posted November 18, 2009 at 2:24 am

“Since only 160,000 will be impacted, why doesn’t the compassionate left raise funds to pay for the abortions of those who will now have to pay for their own abortions.”
yes, that’s an excellent idea!
and that’s exactly what the bills allowed before the stupak amendment, which goes way to far in restricting choice. now, any insurance company that would have otherwise taken private funding to support abortions (because they were already forbidden from using federal money for abortion services) cannot also receive federal funds for any other services.
“free access to abortions”
duh! if i pay premiums and co-pays for services, those services are not exactly “free”. insurance coverage for abortions would be no different. can you try to be even more dishonest?

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posted November 18, 2009 at 11:15 am

As pro-choice and pro-life Democrats clash over Rep. Bart Stupak’s controversial abortion amendment to the House health care bill. Last weeks column by E.J. Dionne notes, the amendment pits the universal right to health care against a woman’s right to control her own body, and raises real questions about the role of faith in a big-tent progressive movement.
Tonight, the Progressive Book Club will give you the chance to put those questions directly to E.J. Dionne and Harvard Divinity professor Harvey Cox, as they discuss the role of faith in progressive politics. You can RSVP to attend the event in person, or participate live, online (LINK –
Can (and should) pro-choice conservatives swallow this defeat for the greater good of universal health care? And if they do, will communities of faith live up to the better angel’s of their beliefs and throw their political weight behind a robust bill that provides health care to millions of Americans? Or is it progressives of faith who must compromise their beliefs on the issue of choice in service of a greater social good?
We hope you’ll join us and weigh-in with your thoughts.

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