Capps to Stupak: Your pants are on fire

The California representative tears apart her colleague's Op-Ed about abortion funding in the healthcare bill

By Kate Harding
December 11, 2009 12:11AM (UTC)
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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.

Kate Harding

Kate Harding is the author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture--and What We Can Do About It, available from Da Capo Press in August 2015. Previously, she collaborated with Anna Holmes, Amanda Hess, and a cast of thousands on The Book of Jezebel, and with Marianne Kirby on Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere. You might also remember her as the founding editor of Shapely Prose (2007-2010). Kate's essays have appeared in the anthologies Madonna & Me, Yes Means Yes, Feed Me, and Airmail: Women of Letters. She holds an M.F.A. in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a B.A. in English from University of Toronto, and is currently at work on a Ph.D. in creative writing from Bath Spa University

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