I so disagree with stripping abortion provisions from health care reform legislation. If we are to stand for the idea that government shouldn’t interfere with the doctor/patient relationship, then we should not support legislation that would remove provisions for A MEDICAL PROCEDURE i.e. abortion from the bill.
If we trust women enough to procreate and care for an infant then I think we need to trust them with the decision on having a child. I’m really sick of the moralizing and judgmentalism surrounding the medical procedure of abortion.
Yes, I can already hear the arguments of “I don’t want my tax dollars paying for abortion” to which I can only say tough….I don’t want mine paying for war and torture but they have.
Approximately 40 House Democrats are prepared to block healthcare reform legislation from coming to the floor should the bill include federal subsidies for abortions, said Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) Friday.
Stupak, who is conservative on social issues, told CNS News that he has organized the voting bloc to support his amendment that would strip the abortion provisions from the legislation. House Rules Committee chairwoman Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), according to Stupak, said that there is “no way” her panel would provide a vote for his amendment.
The group of 40 would join House Republicans in voting against procedural measure that would draft rules for debating the bill on the House floor. Passage of the measure is necessary for the House to hold a floor vote.
“There’s about 40 like-minded Democrats like myself — we’ll try to take down the rule,” Stupak said. “If all 40 of us vote in a bloc against the rule — because we think the Republicans will join us — we can defeat the rule. The magic number is 218. If we can have 218 votes against the rule, we win.”