Rosa DeLauro is clearing the path for the Nelson language on choice in the Senate bill to be acceptable to pro-choice House progressives:
[I]n an interview with the Huffington Post, the Connecticut Democrat did say she would support the Senate’s version of abortion-related language provided that she could confirm her belief that it did not go beyond current law.
It’s the Jan Schakowsky trick. DeLauro got out in front against the Stupak amendment so she could lead the bail as a “pro-choice leader.” Listen to her stirring indignation in from the floor of the House in the YouTube above.
Just to be clear, here’s the position of the less-than-radical NARAL on the Nelson language:
It is outrageous that, two weeks after pro-choice Americans came to Capitol Hill united against the egregious Stupak-Pitts amendment, the Senate has succumbed to including further anti-choice language in its bill. While the Senate bill does not include the Stupak-Pitts provision, this new language is unacceptable. It is inexplicable that a bill seeking to expand health coverage for Americans would impose such great administrative burdens on women who purchase abortion coverage and plans that offer it.
Of course NARAL is not going to cause any problems by scoring the bill, which would affect the ability of representatives like DeLauro to raise money from pro-choice donors. So, they’ll do their part too.
You can tell NARAL to score the damn bill on their Facebook page. Make sure to drop me a line if they delete it.
DeLauro has taken $682,000 from health care interests over the course of her career. Labor has given her some $2 million, so if they wanted her to be opposing this (and the Cadillac tax their members will have to absorb), she wouldn’t be doing this. I guess their commitment to “helping women out” in this fight ends at the fence of the veal pen.
DeLauro’s office has been peddling weasel words since this whole thing began. No reason to think the flow will stop now.
Here are her office numbers anyway: New Haven 203-562-3718, Middletown 860-344-1159, Naugatuck 203-729-0204, Derby 203-735-5005