On Wednesday, the New York Times published an Op-Ed by Rep. Bart Stupak, in which he aims to "set the record straight" on his amendment to the House healthcare reform bill, which would severely restrict access to abortion. Today, Rep. Lois Capps -- author of the Capps amendment, which would preserve the 1976 Hyde Amendment's ban on federal funding for abortions without interfering with any coverage that comes from private funds -- responds with a post at RH Reality Check that might as well be called "Bart Stupak, Your Pants Are on Fire."
Wrote Stupak, "While many accusations have been thrown around in recent months, the intent behind our amendment is simple and clear: to continue current law, which says that there should be no federal financing of abortions. Our intent was not to change, add or take anything away from federal law." Capps annihilates that claim and several others one by one, reinforcing the fundamental point she makes twice in bold letters: "The Stupak-Pitts Amendment goes well beyond current law by contracting access to abortion services and is in no way the simple extension of the Hyde Amendment its proponents claim." If you're in the mood for some satisfying righteous indignation, go read the whole thing.