The Full Nelson

December 17th, 2009

Inspired by the email below from Nancy Keenan of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Read it (and my poem), and sign the petition below.

 

Little Lord Nelson has Dems (and women) in a headlock

By threatening the healthcare reform bill to block

Unless Democrats accede to his demand

To restrict abortion throughout the land.

 

The current bill already excludes use of public money,

But Nelson’s amendment was so restrictive it wasn’t funny.

Senate leaders offered him a further compromise,

But Nelson’s negative response portends the bill’s likely demise.

 

Senator Nelson offers us a Hobson’s choice

In which neither option is one about which to rejoice:

Should healthcare reform because of abortion rights lose, or

Should healthcare reform mean giving up a woman’s right to chose?

 

He’s already tried this once before

And shouldn’t be allowed to keep trying more.

If you agree with that position,

Click below to sign the NARAL petition.

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Click here to sign NARAL Petition: Tell Sen. Snowe Don’t Let Anti-Choice Democrats Win.

Here’s the email from Nancy Keenan of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

From: Nancy Keenan, NARAL Pro-Choice America [mailto:CAN@prochoiceamerica.org]Sent: December 17, 2009 5:45 PMSubject: Tell Sen. Snowe: Don’t Let Anti-Choice Democrats WinRay, health reform is in serious trouble.The AP just reported that anti-choice Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson is refusing to vote to move the health-care bill forward – all because the bill doesn’t include his outrageous Stupak-style ban on abortion coverage.Well, I’ve had enough of Sen. Nelson. With Sen. Nelson holding up the health-reform bill unless he is granted an anti-choice amendment, we need Sen. Olympia Snowe to step up and be the 60th vote for health-care reform.

Sen. Snowe is the only Republican to cross party lines to vote for health-care reform legislation in committee. And she’s the only Republican to vote twice against a ban on abortion coverage.

Sign our emergency petition asking Sen. Snowe to vote to advance health-reform legislation that doesn’t jeopardize women’s abortion coverage in the new system.

The Senate is set to take critical votes in the next 72 hours, so we need to act fast to urge Sen. Snowe to be the 60th vote.

Add your name now to our emergency petition so that we can pass health reform and keep millions of women from losing their private insurance coverage for abortion.

Thank you for fighting with me.

– Nancy

From: Miller, Ted
To: Keenan, Nancy
Sent: Thu Dec 17 13:20:10 2009
Subject: AP: Holdout Senator Rejects Abortion Compromise

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/news/2009/12/holdout_senator_rejects_abortion_compromise.php
 
Holdout Senator Rejects Abortion Compromise
Senate health care holdout says new abortion language unsatisfactory

Staff
AP News

Dec 17, 2009 12:15 EST

Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson — the moderate Democrat whose opposition is holding up the Senate’s health care bill — says new language on abortion doesn’t satisfy his concerns.

Nelson told KLIN radio in Lincoln, Nebraska, Thursday that an attempt at compromise doesn’t get to the fundamental issue of barring federal funding for abortions.

Nelson says without further changes the compromise isn’t sufficient.

Catholic and anti-abortion groups have also weighed in against the new language, which attempts to separate public from private funding of abortion.

Democrats are wooing Nelson in order to get the 60 votes needed to pass a sweeping health care bill by Christmas.
But Nelson said abortion wasn’t his only concern and he didn’t see how the Christmas deadline could be met.

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