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.
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.
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.
Thank you for fighting with me.
From: Miller, Ted
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.