Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sorta Interesting

This attempt to bring back the Global Gag Rule in the Senate:

At 12:40pm EST today the U.S. Senate voted 60-37 against the Martinez (R-FL) amendment (PDF) to the SCHIP bill that proposed to reinstate the global gag rule. While Senate Republicans must have known they did not have the votes to pass such an amendment, it is clear that Obama's dropping the family planning provision from the economic stimulus package didn't win him a pass from Republicans' anti-choice shenanigans.

You can find how Senators voted on that amendment here.

What's also interesting is the whole debate about the stimulus package containing anything having to do with sex, even if it is all about health care and disease prevention. These two interesting topics, trying to put the global gag back in place and to remove any STD prevention money from the stimulus package, are undoubtedly related.