Pro-life, anti-poor

The impact of the Stupak Amendment
The coalition backing health-insurance reform is nowhere as fragile as on the issue of abortion. To keep America’s most polarizing subject from derailing reform, most Democrats have long agreed that health-insurance legislation should be “abortion neutral,” neither extending nor rolling back current bans on federally funded abortion. On November 7, the House passed a health-care bill—and with it an 11th-hour amendment that, if it becomes law, will increase the degree to which access to abortion is tied to income.


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