After being away for the weekend, I just found out the disturbing news about the murder of Doctor George Tiller. Tiller lived his life in the service of women and was one of the only late-term abortion providers in the country. A champion for women’s rights and an everyday hero, we lost an important man yesterday.
“The cold-blooded murder of Dr. George Tiller this morning in church is a stark reminder that women’s bodies are still a battleground, and health care professionals are on the frontlines.”
– Mai Shiozaki, NOW
Please follow the more cohesive coverage of this tragic story through our co-bloggers and reporters:
What can we do? An important piece from Ann at Feministing
Anyone who is in New York City, please join us tonight at 6 pm for a vigil for Doctor Tiller. NARAL Pro-Choice New York, Planned Parenthood of New York City, NARAL NY, The NYCLU, NYAAF, and PRCH are organizing this event, which will be in the south part of Union Square.
Womenstake.org blogged about the disparities in health care accessibility and out-of-pocket costs between men and women.
“What is especially distressing about the new analysis is that the affordability problems women encounter in the health care system are only getting worse. In 2007, we reported that 43 % of nonelderly women experienced problems accessing health care because of cost; now, this figure has risen to 52% (the corresponding statistics for men are 30% and 39%, respectively). Reports of medical debt and outstanding medical bills have also increased — two years ago, we found that 38% of women (and 29% of men) had these problems, but now 45% of all women (and 36% of men) struggle with these financial burdens.”
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops does not want to have the “inclusion of other procedures or technologies that attack or undermine the sanctity and dignity of life” in health care reform. However, the conference does support things like immigrant health care coverage, affordability and access to the poor, and keeping costs under control. They came out with a statement that was reported on by lifesitenews.com.
Carrie Budoff Brown of Politico offers a rather optimistic view into the health care reform process and agreement between parties.
Ted Kennedy is proposing the creation of a disability-insurance program for workers that would be immediately deducted from workers’ paychecks unless refused. However, the plan would offer more consistent premium levels, an on-line exchange site for shopping for plans, and it would not exclude based on pre-existing conditions (though benefits would only begin to be available after five years). Read more.
A few days ago the New York Times reported on the rift growing between Ted Kennedy (D – Massachusetts, chairman of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and Max Baucus (D – Montana, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee). Kennedy seems to be more committed to the public option, and Baucus is more interested in forming a bipartisan bill that may not include a public option.
Chuck Schumer (D – New York): “It’s pretty certain that Senator Kennedy could not support the Baucus plan, and Senator Baucus could not support the Kennedy plan.”
Stay tuned to the RWV blog for more details about the bills proposed by each of these committees!