As I'd anticipated, health care reform is really in turmoil now. Either you side for health care, or you side for women's reproductive rights. The Stupack amendment is even worse than I feared. It makes it illegal to pay for abortion from any money that the government touches, which of course, includes a lot of the new health care programs (the public option and the health care exchange). This, of course, will affect primarily poor women. Sound familiar?
I did a little research on my own last night about abortion. Turns out that a first trimester abortion costs about $350-900, depending on where you live. For some of us, that amount of money seems trivial. To others, it's rent or food money, and it's absolutely out of the question. I found many websites that help women pay for abortions. So clearly, there is a need out there.
The other thing that I discovered is that when you put the words "abortion" and a place name into a search engine, a lot of anti-abortion sites come up immediately. Which says something else about the times that we live in.
Take a look at what Dr. Nancy Snyderman has to say about this: awesome!