At least, that’s the only way this makes sense:
Under the arrangement, Democratic Reps. Bart Stupak of Michigan, Brad Ellsworth of Indiana and other abortion opponents were promised an opportunity to insert tougher restrictions into the legislation during debate on the House floor. . .
But the amendment drew criticism from Planned Parenthood.
“Planned Parenthood strongly opposes the Stupak/Pitts amendment which would result in women losing health benefits they have today,” the group’s president, Cecile Richards, said in a written statement.
What? How can anyone lose health benefits they have today? The president has promised that no one will lose her current coverage.
The answer is, like most people, Planned Parenthood doesn’t believe it. Most on the left find it useful to pretend they believe it, since they don’t mind single payer. Indeed, many actively want it. But a single-payer regime without abortion coverage is not in the interest of the abortion industry.
If the Stupak/Pitts amendment passes, it will be very interesting to see if the abortion lobby comes out against the entire bill. This might expose a seam in the liberal coalition.