The Stupak Amendment (AKA the "Stunod Amendment"), which the House of Representatives passed on Saturday night, represents the greatest step backward in women's reproductive rights since the 1950s.
The Amendment not only bans use of federal funds for abortion (the Hyde Amendment already does that), it also bars private insurance companies who wish to participate in federally sponsored "insurance exchanges" from paying for abortions. Thus, the federal government is telling private insurers, who provide insurance to private, premium-paying customers, what procedures they may or may not pay for.
Talk about federal intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship. Talk about a government takeover of health care! This is an unconscionable power play by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, fundamentalist Christian groups, and all others who believe women should have no right to choose what happens to their own bodies.
It's time for American women to take charge and fight back. It's time for "the Lysistrata Solution."