Tuesday, December 8, 2009
In a 54 to 45 vote, the Senate has rejected the anti-choice effort to eliminate insurance coverage for abortions.
Majority Leader Harry Reid said the legislation is about access to health care, and not abortion.
I'm extremely relieved that the Senate had some sense, but the Senate bill that was created still specifies that abortion coverage can only be paid for with private dollars (not public dollars - e.g. Medicaid), a restriction put in place by the Hyde amendment in 1976. Visit Change.org to send a message to the House, Senate, and President Obama, urging the repeal of the Hyde amendment.
But still, definitely a pleasing victory for all supporters of reproductive justice. To everyone who did their part to stop the elimination of insurance coverage for abortions, congrats!