Do you like that headline? Because that’s what I’m feeling right now after the betrayal of my support for Democrats, now that the Stupak Amendment passed 240 to 194 and with 64 Democrats voting Yea.
It’s a fundamental part of our belief system in the Democratic Party, that women have a right to privacy in their reproductive health care decisions. We’ve fought long and hard to protect this right.
And now we’ve seen decades of work to protect this fundamental human right dashed by our own Democratic representatives
Be still my heart, did the Stupak Amendment outlaw abortion? The above certainly indicates that women will now, under the cover of darkness, be forced to go to back alley abortionists to terminate their pregnancies. According to Rayne, the passage of the Stupak Amendment rocks the very foundation of our democracy.
No, despite Rayne's illogical frothing, abortion is still legal. Women are still free to kill their unborn children but the Stupak Amendment says that I don't have to pay for it.
Step away from the Kool Aid, Rayne. It's turning your logic to mush.
After posting this I returned to Memeorandum where I saw that Legal Insurrection had posted on this same subject. Prof. Jacobson's opinion of the effects of the Stupak Amendment are closer to Rayne's than they are to mine. He writes:
64 Democrats voted in favor of the Stupak Amendment, which greatly expands the ban on federal funding of abortion, and reaches deep to make it difficult for women to obtain private health insurance covering abortion. 219 Democrats voted in favor of a final bill incorporating the amendment.As someone who is anti-abortion (I prefer "pro-life"), I don't view the passage of the Stupak Amendment as a victory. While I greatly appreciate that 64 Democrats joined with Republicans to vote against the use of federal funds for abortion, I don't hold any hope that this amendment will have any long term meaning.
This is a stunning development, one which anti-abortion activists could not have imagined just weeks ago. The Speaker of the House and Democratic majority, notwithstanding their lip service to women's reproductive rights, were willing to throw those rights aside to hand the Obama administration a temporary legislative victory.
Whether I like it or not, abortion is legal and will remain so. Federal funds or not, abortionists will continue to abort. The House gave the pro-life movement a victory only because they knew that the victory would be temporary and meaningless.