Women the winners as U.S. House of Representatives decide women deserve better than abortion in health care reform.
November 7, 2009 - Late Saturday night, Representatives Bart Stupak (D-MI), Brad Ellsworth (D-IN), Joe Pitts, (R-PA), Marcy Kaptur, (D-OH), Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA), Dan Lipinski (D-IL), and Chris Smith (R-NJ) successfully led an effort to protect women and children from abortion in health care reform.
During debate preceding the vote on the Stupak Amendment, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) declared, "Women deserve better than abortion."
The Stupak Amendment will maintain the current policy of preventing federal funding of abortion in health care reform, and any benefits packages that would otherwise include abortion.
FFL President Serrin M. Foster said, "Thanks to Members of Congress who led effort and the activism of thousands of FFL members, women will not have to face additional pressure to have abortion. We can refocus our efforts on meaningful, holistic solutions that everyone can support."
CNA, November 10, 2009 - Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards called it a "hijacking" and a "travesty." But FFL President Serrin Foster called the Stupak amendment barring abortion funding in health care reform plan passed by the US House of Representatives a "huge victory" for women.