Yesterday Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced an amendment to the Senate health care bill that is similar to the Stupak-Pitts amendment that was passed by the House.
The Senate is debating the amendment today, and will likely vote later this afternoon. If the Nelson-Hatch amendment passes, the Stupak-Pitts amendment will almost definitely end up in the final health care bill. Passing health care reform in this country shouldn’t come at the cost of women’s reproductive rights. But that’s exactly what will happen if Democrats allow the anti-choice Nelson-Hatch amendment to become law. These amendments make it virtually impossible for insurance companies participating in the new health care system to provide abortion services for women who have their own private insurance plans.
This measure must be defeated. Time is of the essence, call your senators now and urge them to oppose Nelson’s amendment and stop it any way they can, including a vote to table it.
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UPDATE: The Senate just voted to table the Nelson amendment. The vote was 54 to 45. Thanks to all of you who took action.