Will women be blamed if substantive health care reform fails to pass? Perhaps…

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Amy Siskind, at Huffington Post, has an interesting piece up today about abortion and health care, in which she speculates that if health care reform fails, women will be blamed.

Abortion. That will be the reason.

Further, she points out that the Democratic party does not have our backs (never mind the best interests of our uteri, our health, our fertility, or our lives) on this issue. It is only pro-choice women, for the most part, who are speaking out. Despite there being men who are pro-choice, men are not taking on this issue in the Democratic party. Pro-choice women of both parties, however, are speaking out. It may be the one thing that keeps both Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins involved in this hot topic.

As Siskind asserts, "The best hope for women once again are women of both parties."

Further…

In the House:

Abortion rights supporters in the House were circulating a letter to Pelosi, threatening to vote against a final bill that restricts access to abortion coverage. At least 40 lawmakers had signed by early Monday.

"I, along with the other pro-choice members in the House, intend to push very hard to ensure that language is not included in the final conference product," said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.

In the Senate:

They’re likely to have help in the Senate from two Republican women who support abortion rights, Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine. Collins indicated Monday that she thinks the House went too far.

"I think the Senate Finance Committee did a good job of putting up a firewall that would prevent federal funds from being used for abortion," she said. "Generally, I prefer the Senate approach."

Finally…

And, as we’ve stated in prior pieces here, even men who women would have considered allies, like Nicholas Kristof, have tried to tell us to get in line. [emphasis mine]

And earlier on, Siskind wrote these words…

So to all of you who assume that the Democrats are the savior of women’s rights or even of the right to choice, think again. Today’s amendment to ban abortion funding comes courtesy of a Democrat from Nebraska with a very bad hair piece. And joining him is another Democrat and dear friend of our President, Sen. Casey of Pennsylvania. And the President has this to say in defense of an issue on which so many women voted for him: " " (yes, there’s nothing between those quotes).

Apparently, it may not be just health care costs and access that have a gender bias… failure to pass substantive health care reform may have that same bias, too.

Frankly, I never really believed that even the president was with us on this issue… not after he so famously said that these decisions are between a woman, her husband and her (presumably male) pastor.

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