As a result of late-night, back-room negotiations, anti-choice forces took a "win" when the House health-care bill passed the Saturday before last. Outlawing coverage for a legal medical procedure, the Stupak amendment will hurt millions of women who will pay the price for this staggering restriction on their right to choose.
The Stupak amendment doesn't just extend the status quo — which says federal funds cannot cover abortions — it proposes to make insurance coverage for abortion virtually unavailable for millions of women in the new health-insurance exchange, even if paid for with their own money.
Conservatives are attempting to highjack health-care reform to legislate reproductive rights when what we need right now is an affordable, fair health-care system that will include the millions of Americans who currently have little or no access to medical care.
Outlawing a legal medical procedure — for women only — is another attempt to "keep women in their place." This amendment is part of a conservative political agenda that cannot be allowed to poison the health-care reform bill. It is discriminatory and it is wrong!
Health care reform now!
— Jessie Jones