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Reform Vote Gets Yays, Nays from Women's Lobby

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The exclusion of federal funding for abortion in the health reform bill dimmed the applause among women's groups for the historic House vote on Sunday. Planned Parenthood, on balance, praises the bill for expanding access to family planning.

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National Organization for Women President Terry O'Neill issued a statement after the bill was passed saying it fails to address, among other things, restrictions on funding for abortions and restrictions on the ability of immigrants to access health care.

The passage of the historic health care insurance law, the centerpiece of Obama's presidency, was assured at 4 p.m. Sunday when Stupak agreed to cast his vote in the House in favor of passage of the Senate version of the bill. In exchange, Obama agreed to issue an executive order that no federal funds may be used to pay for abortions.

Some media accounts said it's not clear that the executive order actually changes anything, as the Senate bill wouldn't have allowed taxpayer funding of abortion.

Stupak, an anti-choice Democrat and co-author of the ban on abortion funding in the House version of the bill, passionately explain his switch on live television before the vote.

He emphasized that the Senate bill, which the House was about to approve, was in fact pro-life because it provided medical care for 32 million Americans, including providing prenatal and post-natal care.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America's Richards said that this was one of the reasons her organization is applauding the bill's passage, despite regretting that Obama was forced to sign the executive order.

All Republicans voted against the bill and 219 Democrats supported it, as has been widely reported. On Monday, The Hill Web site published a list of the 34 Democrats who crossed the aisle to vote against the bill; they were reported as follows:

Rep. John Adler (N.J.)

Rep. Jason Altmire (Pa.)

Rep. Michael Arcuri (N.Y.)

Rep. John Barrow (Ga.)

Rep. Marion Berry (Ark.)

Rep. Dan Boren (Okla.)

Rep. Rick Boucher (Va.)

Rep. Bobby Bright (Ala.)

Rep. Ben Chandler (Ky.)

Rep. Travis Childers (Miss.)

Rep. Artur Davis (Ala.)

Rep. Lincoln Davis (Tenn.)

Rep. Chet Edwards (Texas)

Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (S.D.)

Rep. Tim Holden (Pa.)

Rep. Larry Kissell (N.C.)

Rep. Frank Kratovil (Md.)

Rep. Dan Lipinski (Ill.)

Rep. Stephen Lynch (Mass.)

Rep. Jim Marshall (Ga.)

Rep. Jim Matheson (Utah)

Rep. Mike McIntyre (N.C.)

Rep. Mike McMahon (N.Y.)

Rep. Charlie Melancon (La.)

Rep. Walt Minnick (Idaho)

Rep. Glenn Nye (Va.)

Rep. Collin Peterson (Minn.)

Rep. Mike Ross (Ark.)

Rep. Heath Shuler (N.C.)

Rep. Ike Skelton (Mo.)

Rep. Zack Space (Ohio)

Rep. John Tanner (Tenn.)

Rep. Gene Taylor (Miss.)

Rep. Harry Teague (N.M.)



For more information:

The Last House Vote Is Just the Beginning of Reconciliation:

The Kaiser Family Foundation, Health Reform:

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