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Posted March 23, 2010

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For The Week Ending March 26, 2010




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Rep. Stupak, Insurance Industry
Use Abortion Issue to Try to Kill
Weakened Health Care Reform

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Interview with Eleanor Smeal,
president of the Feminist Majority Foundation,
conducted by Scott Harris


What some pro-choice activists describe as an effort to enact the most sweeping legislative abortion restrictions in 30 years may well be the last major hurdle supporters of a compromise health care reform bill will need to overcome in order to win passage.

Although the Hyde amendment adopted by Congress in 1976 prohibits any federal funds to be spent on abortion services for poor women, U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., wanted to go further. With both Democrat and Republican allies, Stupak succeeded in amending the House health care reform bill to extend the abortion ban to cover subsidized insurance policies which women buy with their own money. However, the Senate refused to adopt Stupak's anti-abortion language in their version of health care reform legislation, but nevertheless included provisions that make it nearly impossible for women to access abortion coverage.

Now with President Obama and Democratic congressional leaders pushing to pass a final health care reform bill before Easter, Rep. Stupak and possibly 11 other Democrats, have pledged to vote against the legislation unless it includes the more restrictive anti-abortion language found in the House bill. With Democrats planning to first pass the Senate bill, and then quickly amend that legislation to terms agreeable to both chambers via the budget reconciliation process that cannot consider abortion issues, it's likely that Rep. Stupak will not prevail. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Eleanor Smeal, a lifelong activist for women's equality, and former president of the National Organization for Women, who currently serves as the president of the Feminist Majority Foundation. Smeal assesses the attempt to make health care reform a vehicle for eroding women's access to legal abortion and what this debate says about the strength of the pro-choice movement.
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Nebraskans Fight to Provide
Undocumented Immgrant Mothers
Prenatal Care

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Interview with Tiffany Seibert,
policy coordinator of
Voices for Children in Nebraska


Nebraska is the latest battleground for those fighting to provide prenatal care for undocumented, immigrant women. The issue has united those on all sides of the fetal and maternal rights debate.

A bill now being considered in Nebraska's unicameral legislature would permit undocumented women to receive prenatal care, thus joining 14 other states and the District of Columbia. For 20 years, Nebraska actually had been a leader in offering immigrant mothers this service, where for 20 years it served these women under Medicaid without any problem. It was only when the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services discovered the scope of Nebraska's prenatal services in November, that the agency decided to cut off funding. Federal officials required more than 6,000 women receiving prenatal care to be reevaluated for coverage based on their own eligibility, not on the welfare of their unborn babies. Nebraska's conservative Republican Gov. Dave Heineman has pledged to veto the bill, LB 1110, that would resume government-funded prenatal services for low-income, undocumented immigrant women.

As of March 1, 842 undocumented pregnant women lost their access to prenatal care, while 709 expectant mothers holding U.S. citizenship also lost their prenatal coverage. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Tiffany Seibert, policy coordinator of the group Voices for Children in Nebraska. She explains the history of the legislative effort to restore prenatal services to all women, and what's at stake for both mothers and children.

Contact Voices for Children in Nebraska by calling (402) 597-3100, or visit their website at

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Doris "Granny D" Haddock,
Passionate Campaign Finance Reform Activist,

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Interview with Granny D,
campaign finance reform activist,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Doris Haddock, known as Granny D, died March 9 at the age of 100. She is best known for her yearlong cross-country walk a decade ago, undertaken at the age of 90 to promote campaign finance reform. Haddock was politically active most of her life. After finishing her trek, she continued working on this cause, speaking all over the country as states debated passing their own campaign finance laws.

She took time off from that work in 2004 to run as the Democratic candidate in her native New Hampshire against Republican Sen. Judd Gregg, garnering 35 percent of the vote. She used her candidacy to speak out against Bush administration policies, including the war in Iraq. Three days before "Granny D's" 100th birthday, the Supreme Court released its decision allowing corporations to invest directly in political campaigns, and she issued the following statement:

"The Supreme Court, representing a radical fringe that does not share the despair of the grand majority of Americans, has today made things considerably worse by undoing the modest reforms I walked for and went to jail for and that tens of thousands of other Americans fought very hard to see enacted. The Supreme Court now opens the floodgates to usher in a new tsunami of corporate money into politics."

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus had the joy of meeting Granny D at the Grassroots Radio Conference in the summer of 2002, where she conducted the following interview.
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Melinda Tuhus produced an award-winning documentary about Granny D's 2004 Senate candidacy and her philosophy of life. Granny D's courage, passion and friendship will be missed by many.

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