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House Takes Up-or-Down Vote on Stupak Amendment, Threatening Women's Rights

The House leadership bows to anti-choice congressmen, allowing them a vote on an anti-choice amendment to the health-care bill.

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An editorial in The St. Petersburg Times said (11/5/09):
"Contrary to the claims of Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., who has been leading the antiabortion effort, the Capps amendment would not expand federal funding for abortion. Instead it would establish some basic principles to reflect the current health insurance landscape in which nearly 90 percent of private plans offer abortion coverage."

Jodi Jacobson is the senior political editor for RH Reality Check, an online community and publication serving individuals and organizations committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights.