Abortion Essay

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Abortion? Journal Entry Knychole Brock Current Events Journal AP NSL Government November 15, 2009 The Health Care fiasco continues more in Washington this week. Since the Health Care Reform Bill was passed within the House, with some inflammatory buzz words about abortion. Just the mention of the word “abortion” gave special interest lobbyist something to talk about. This again puts the President Barack Obama’s Administration further on getting this Health Care Reform Bill passed within the Senate. As a result this is bad because key Democrats that would have supported this bill are siding with Republicans because special interest groups/lobbyist in their district. According to The Washington Post writer Julie Hirschfeld Davis writes, “They're blanketing Capitol Hill with lobbyists, petitions, letters and phone calls in efforts to defeat the restrictions in the Senate… It's an uphill battle after the House approved health legislation that bars a new government-run insurance plan from covering abortions, except in cases or rape, incest or peril to the life of the mother, and prohibits any health plan that receives federal subsidies in a new insurance marketplace from offering abortion coverage. Lawmakers who back abortion rights watched helplessly, lacking the votes to prevail, as fellow Democrats who oppose abortion joined with Republicans to put the curbs in place, prodded to action by Catholic bishops and anti-abortion rights groups. Then they voted en masse for the final health bill, in a move quickly hailed by President Barack Obama as "historic." In dealing with very important public policies such as Health Care, Interest Groups and lobbyist can exert a lot of pressure on elected officials in office in the matter of which they vote. James Q. Wilson, author of American Government textbook,

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