Thursday, November 12, 2009

FAQ about Stupak-Pitts, Part I

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you have probably noticed that the majority of our recent blog posts are in response to the Stupak-Pitts Amendment that is part of the Affordable Health Care for America Act, passed by the House late Saturday night. In an effort to give you more basic background knowledge on this amendment, we summarized some answers from a FAQ put out by Planned Parenthood.

What is the Stupak-Pitts Amendment?

If passed, this amendment would prohibit any coverage of abortion in the health care exchange or marketplace, applying to both the public option and private insurance sold in the exchange. The final effect of the amendment would be a ban on abortion in the entire health care exchange, both for women who have government subsidies and women who pay their premiums entirely out of pocket.

The Vote to pass Stupak-Pitts wasn’t even close in the House (40 vote margin), how do you expect it to be stripped?

Representatives, and Americans alike, are just now realizing the full effect that Stupak-Pitts could have on America. Rep. DeGette, head of the Pro-Choice Caucus has already begun signing up members who will oppose the final bill if Stupak-Pitts is not stripped.

The House Bill goes next to the Senate where a number of senators have already spoken out against the Amendment.

Keep your eye out for more Q&A, we will be posting throughout the day!

photo credit: Kevin Burkett on Flickr

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