Wouldn’t it be nice to hear about the Catholic church requiring Congresspersons to amend legislation so that people that were already born weren’t killed by U.S. military action? They keep saying they’re against wars, invasions and occupations – on the pretense of preferring people stay alive. But there was no strong-arming Representatives to hold up legislation to invade Afghanistan or Iraq.
This particular exercise was futile for additional reasons: private insurers are already barred from using federal funds to pay for abortions. That’s been the law for years. This amendment is simply political grand-standing by a group of people who love to proclaim how victimized they are. The amendment would prevent women who buy private insurance from being able to us that insurance to pay for an abortion in the unlikely event they need one.
This is encouraging:
Female Democrats on the Rules Committee, including Rules Chairwoman Louise Slaughter, left the room during consideration of the Stupak amendment and didn’t cast a vote.
They should do more than this. They should vote against the bill in its entirety if the amendment hangs on to the end. Why?
“This amendment would violate the spirit of health care reform, which is meant to guarantee quality, affordable health care coverage for all, by creating a two-tiered system that would punish women, particularly those with low and modest incomes,” said Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America in a late-night release.
What procedures do Catholics object to men having? None? Gee, I wonder why that is. The Catholic church wants to set up a health care system where women continue to be treated as second-class persons. In the 21st century. That’s immoral.
[Update]: As another blogger reminded me, this is why I don’t donate to NARAL or Planned Parenthood anymore. They know this amendment was likely to be introduced and they chose to do nothing to prevent that. They both have millions of dollars at their disposal that they could use to pressure Democrats with, but they choose not to. The people donating to these organizations and using their services are the ones who will suffer the most because of the political decisions the groups have made. Hope that works out well for them.