Southern Religion

Is Stupak a fiscal end run around Roe v. Wade?

Emily Douglas writes for The Nation:

At, Jen Nedeau pointed out that even women who currently have employer-based insurance that does cover abortion care (and 87 percent of employer-based plans do) may ultimately be affected. “Since the plan for the uninsured is designed to open up to everyone over time, including large employers, it is likely that women will lose access to abortion coverage as part of any health insurance plan available for purchase,” Nedeau explains.


In the Stupak amendment, the exceptions to the coverage ban read as follows: rape, incest or “where a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would, as certified by a physician, place the woman in danger of death.” The Center for American Progress’s Jessica Arons writes, “Given insurance companies’ dexterity in denying claims, we can predict what they’ll do with that language.” And in case you wonder what that leaves out entirely: “Cases that are excluded: where the health but not the life of the woman is threatened by the pregnancy, severe fetal abnormalities, mental illness or anguish that will lead to suicide or self-harm, and the numerous other reasons women need to have an abortion.”

Happy about all of this? Careful how hard you dance.


November 11, 2009 - Posted by | Law, Medical Care, Politics | , , ,

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