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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 05:05 PM
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Sen. Barbara Boxer leads charge on abortion
Drew Joseph: Boxer leads charge on abortion


California Sen. Barbara Boxer, a long-time advocate of women's rights, squared off today with Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson with an impassioned plea against his anti-abortion amendment. The Nelson amendment that would replicate the controversial House abortion language in the Senate health care bill.

Pro-choice women's groups say the amendment goes beyond current law in restricting women's access to abortions by banning coverage in any insurance policies sold on the proposed insurance exchanges. Women would have to buy a separate rider to get coverage; women's groups argue that the riders would be very expensive and that most plans would simply drop coverage.

Boxer charged that male senators who support the amendment are trying to restrict women's freedoms. She hypothetically compared it to an amendment that would force men to purchase an extra rider if they wanted to take Viagra, a provision she said she would not support.

"What have women ever done to deserve this punishment and lack of respect?" Boxer asked.

The debate would rage as we speak, except that Sen. John McCain is filibustering by rehashing his arguments about why the overall bill shouldn't pass, including defending Medicare from any trims.

Boxer asked him how long he planned to talk, and McCain responded with a curt, "I don't know." He threw in a charge dismissing comparisons of health care fillibusters with past civil rights battles.


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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 05:06 PM
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1. Good for her!
:thumbsup:
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 05:14 PM
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2. Finish, don't lead.
And I love Barbara.
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 05:22 PM
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3. Recommended for Boxer.
Check out the anti-woman comments at the link. :puke:
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femrap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 05:26 PM
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4. I want to tie Nelson's
dick in a knot.
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 05:31 PM
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5. Thank you, Barbara.
And shame on you, Nelson. You should have NO RIGHT to say what services a woman can or cannot recieve, especially when it comes to things like birth control, pregnancy, and abortion. When you can get pregnant, some see me, and then we'll talk. Until that time, STFU. And that goes for any man who thinks he has the right to decide on issues that affect only women.

Oh, and like Barbara, if women tried to mandate a man's use of Viagra or Cialis, I would oppose that too.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 05:55 PM
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6. Yes Sen Boxer! Keep up the good work.
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dgibby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 06:28 PM
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7. New rules:
1. Any male in Congress who proposes, supports, or votes for anti-choice should be required by law to undergo castration.

2. See rule #1.
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