Brown: Not Even 50 Votes for Abortion Amendment

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 10:22 am

With abortion now topic-of-the-moment amid the health reform debate, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) weighed in last night with a prediction certain to please women’s rights groups: Republicans, the Ohio Democrat said, won’t be able to rally even 50 votes — let alone the 60 they’ll need — to pass an amendment restricting abortion coverage on the exchange. The Hill reports:

“I don’t think that it’s a threat at all,” Brown said Monday night during an appearance on MSNBC. “There aren’t more than four or five Democratic senators that I would say are anti-choice. There are at least, I think, two Republican senators who are pro-choice.”

“Again, on an up or down vote — Harry Reid’s not going to put the Stupak language in the bill, I’d be certain,” Brown added. “Then the Republicans will try to amend it into the bill, and they will be unsuccessful; they won’t even get close to 50 votes.”

The “Stupak language” is reference to an amendment offered by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) explicitly prohibiting exchange plans from covering abortions, even in cases when patients’ premiums are set aside for that purpose. Pro-choice House Democratic leaders were forced to include the provision in order to pass their health reform bill earlier this month, but liberal lawmakers are vowing to kill the reform bill if the language remains.

If Brown is right, then the collision between the House bill with the Stupak language and the Senate bill without it would take place during the conference negotiations between yet-unnamed leaders of both chambers.

On a great number of bills, it’s the Senate that’s been the bottleneck in recent years. It’s worth noting, though, that it was an abortion amendment that killed last year’s attempt to improve the Native American health care system — a bill that passed the Senate, but was never taken up in the House for the recognition that the abortion provision would likely survive.

Having invested so much time and political capital in health reform this year, Democrats won’t have the same option of simple abandonment. Instead, they’re likely going to have to come up with some delicately nuanced Stupak compromise.

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Myview
Comment posted November 17, 2009 @ 10:52 am

Instead of abortion women should choose Mirena IUD Device(Intrauterine Device), it's a TShape device inserted into a woman's uterus to prevent pregnancy, I believe it's effective for 11 years. A 1 time deal would save us a ton of dollars in abortion, birth control pills, diaphram, sponge, patch, ring, cervical cap. Or women could have their tubes tied which is a more permanent procedure, I have read it is reversible.


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DownriverDem
Comment posted November 17, 2009 @ 3:21 pm

Abortion is not birth control. I don't know anyone who thinks it is. I do know women who had abortions because the birth control they were using failed.


Myview
Comment posted November 17, 2009 @ 3:57 pm

Numerous women do think abortion is birth control, you'd be surprised. Why go through an abortion because birth control failed? when a woman can simply have the doctor close the entry to the uterus and bingo problem solved.


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Jennifer
Comment posted November 17, 2009 @ 7:13 pm

You do realize that once the birth control has failed and pregnancy has been established, the cervix is ALREADY closed? Closing the “entry to the uterus” does zilch to end an unplanned pregnancy.

And Mirena is an IUD which works because an egg won't implant in the uterine wall while there's a foreign object in the uterus. However, there is a danger of infection and, possibly, permanent scarring that could prevent future wanted pregnancies.


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Myview
Comment posted November 18, 2009 @ 10:01 am

Jennifer-I am saying that women should skip traditional birth control methods and replace them with Mirena IUD device that blocks the entrance to the uterus to avoid pregnancy. I am surprised that you don't know that an abortion can result in 1.cut/torn cervix 2.blood clots in uterus 3.pelvic infection 4.incomplete abortion 5.death 6. complications from anesthesia 7. repeated abortion if the 1st try didn't end the pregnancy 8. pelvic infection(germs from vagina or cervix enter the uterus) 9.perforation of the uterus 10. problems with childbearing in the future, plus there is the emotional like regret, sadness, guilt, some women feel relief and some women I knew never adjusted well to the abortion. So why go through all this if a doctor can block the uterus with a device that can block a woman from becoming pregnant and she won't have to face abortion?


Myview
Comment posted November 18, 2009 @ 10:15 am

Jennifer-I just wrote you but I guess didn't specify that this Mirena IUD device prevents you from Becoming pregnant because it blocks the uterus.


Myview
Comment posted November 18, 2009 @ 10:28 am

Women should consider skipping birth control methods because they sometimes fail and replace them with Mirena IUD device, a doctor inserts the device in the uterus to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant and she won't have to face abortion. Abortion can result in 1.cut/torn cervix 2.blood clots in uterus 3.pelvic infection 4.incomplete abortion 5.death 6. complications from anesthesia 7. repeated abortion if the 1st try didn't end the pregnancy 8. pelvic infection(germs from vagina or cervix enter the uterus) 9.perforation of the uterus 10. problems with childbearing in the future, plus there is the emotional like regret, sadness, etc.., some women do feel relief and some women I knew never adjusted well to the abortion. So why go through all this when you can block the uterus?? Of course, I have known women who went for the more permanent method which is tying the tubes which I have read is reversible.


Myview
Comment posted November 19, 2009 @ 9:04 am

Ladies, birth control methods sometimes fail so why not replace them with Mirena IUD device, a doctor inserts a T-shape device in the uterus to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant and she won't have to face abortion. Abortion can result in 1.cut/torn cervix 2.blood clots in uterus 3.pelvic infection 4.incomplete abortion 5.death 6. complications from anesthesia 7. repeated abortion if the 1st try didn't end the pregnancy 8. pelvic infection(germs from vagina or cervix enter the uterus) 9.perforation of the uterus 10. problems with childbearing in the future, plus there is the emotional like regret, sadness, etc.., some women do feel relief and some women I knew never adjusted well to the abortion. So why go through all this when you can block the uterus?? Of course, I have known women who went for the more permanent method which is tying the tubes which I have read is reversible.


Myview
Comment posted November 19, 2009 @ 9:32 am

Mirena IUD device prevents you from Becoming pregnant because it blocks the uterus, women are willing to stick a Tampon into the vagina and changing it few times a day, of course a Tampon is a plug of cotton that absorbs the bleeding of your period and the Mirena IUD is a device that is inserted by a doctor in the Uterus to prevent getting pregnant and is good for 11 or 12 years.


Myview
Comment posted November 19, 2009 @ 2:04 pm

Ladies, birth control methods sometimes fail so why not replace them with Mirena IUD device, a doctor inserts a T-shape device in the uterus to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant and she won't have to face abortion. Abortion can result in 1.cut/torn cervix 2.blood clots in uterus 3.pelvic infection 4.incomplete abortion 5.death 6. complications from anesthesia 7. repeated abortion if the 1st try didn't end the pregnancy 8. pelvic infection(germs from vagina or cervix enter the uterus) 9.perforation of the uterus 10. problems with childbearing in the future, plus there is the emotional like regret, sadness, etc.., some women do feel relief and some women I knew never adjusted well to the abortion. So why go through all this when you can block the uterus?? Of course, I have known women who went for the more permanent method which is tying the tubes which I have read is reversible.


Myview
Comment posted November 19, 2009 @ 2:32 pm

Mirena IUD device prevents you from Becoming pregnant because it blocks the uterus, women are willing to stick a Tampon into the vagina and changing it few times a day, of course a Tampon is a plug of cotton that absorbs the bleeding of your period and the Mirena IUD is a device that is inserted by a doctor in the Uterus to prevent getting pregnant and is good for 11 or 12 years.


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