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I love my Senator

Why do I love Barbara Boxer?* Because she does things like back petitions to overturn the Stupak Amendment.

Earlier this month, the House passed the Stupak Amendment to their health care reform bill, which would be one of the biggest setbacks to women's health in recent decades — unless we stand together and stop it.

That's why we're launching this petition, because women must not be denied access to safe and legal medical procedures.

Join us by signing the petition and help build pressure to remove the discriminatory, extreme, anti-choice Stupak Amendment from the final health care reform bill!

Link to the petition here, which you can bet I'm going to sign right now.

Rumor has it that Stupak has no chance of surviving the Senate, which is encouraging. As is this report on the 10 votes (not 20 or 40, as Rep. Stupak keeps claiming) that would likely need to be found if the amendment isn't in the final bill. Assuming one-man wrecking machine Joe Lieberman doesn't bring the whole thing crashing down regardless. But no matter what comes next, I'm still glad that Senator Boxer is willing to actively stand up for women's rights.

*I do have another senator. We won't talk about her right now.


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Nov. 18th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this!
Nov. 18th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
I think I heard that Hatch was going to propose the Senate version of the Stupak amendment.

(It is things like that that make me want term limits. Then again, it is things like this that make me glad people like Durbin, Boxer, and Mikulski are not subject to said term limits.)
Nov. 18th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
Not surprising, but it's less likely to get anywhere because the Senate tends to be more pro-choice than the House, and Hatch is never going to vote for healthcare reform anyway. Stupak can hold Pelosi hostage in a way that Hatch can't. If, say, Ben Nelson made that threat, I'd be a more concerned.

I *heart* Dick Durban too. :)
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