Kendrick Meek is now saying that “when I become the nominee, the Democratic nominee, I will be the only pro-choice candidate on the ballot.” It’s great to hear his enthusiasm for abortion rights, but I have to wonder where Meek’s commitment was last year when he joined with four pro-life Democrats to demand restrictions on [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday March 24, 2010 7:59 am|
The President is hosting a signing ceremony for his Executive Order on abortion today. Greg Sargent wrote a fascinating post about the incredible lengths the White House went to in order to woo the anti-abortion Democrats to support the health care bill, with endless personal entreaties, meetings and accommodations. The pro-choice Democrats, on the other [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 9, 2009 7:09 pm|
This Stupak amendment is another reason to use reconciliation. It is a far-reaching measure that could eventually lead to the end of all abortion coverage. Surprise! Sen. Ben Nelson wants the Stupak amendment now, too. It is good that the amendment will likely need 60 votes to make it into the Senate bill. Jim Cooper [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday November 9, 2009 12:53 pm|
That’s a pretty damn bad bill. Some are calling it the worst assault on a woman’s right to choose since the passage of Roe v. Wade. And now we hear Ben Nelson wants the Stupak language in the Senate bill. As I told Rick Klein and David Chalian on ABC’s Top Line this morning, I don’t think the Democrats want to spend the political capital to fight for choice. Good thing NARAL and Planned Parenthood are scoring the House bill, because that will be a very good incentive to keep members of the Senate from coming out in favor of it.
Wait…Planned Parenthood and NARAL are scoring the bill, right?
Maybe someone should ask them.
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 9, 2009 11:02 am|
Saturday, when the House voted to pass the Stupak anti-abortion amendment, it was a massive defeat for women’s reproductive rights. It should be a huge blow to organizations that claim to defend a woman’s right to choose. These organizations were beaten on several levels. They lost to an opposition that did a better job of [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Saturday November 7, 2009 9:17 am|
Let’s be clear about this. The only reason that we are in the position where the price of passing health care reform is allowing even liberal Marcy Kaptur to sneeringly dismiss choice activists as narrow class warriors who don’t care about working women is because Planned Parenthood and NARAL have allowed it to happen. They collect millions of dollars in revenue each year. They’ve exacted no price from the Marcy Kapturs of the world, who actually have to care what liberals think of them, and focused instead on anti-choice Republicans who are only empowered by their ire. They have no scalps. There is no price for bucking Planned Parenthood and NARAL. It isn’t a fight that the Democrats want to spend “political capital” on, and these groups insure that they don’t have to.