By Lindsay Beyerstein
My first Newsweek story, on the Stupak Amendment, the senate bill, and what's next in the fight over abortion access under health reform.
National abortion-rights advocacy groups were outraged when the House passed the Stupak amendment to the health-care bill. The amendment—named for its sponsor, Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak—would bar patients who receive government affordability credits from buying health insurance that covers elective abortions, even if they pay for the abortion component with their own money. It seemed as if the reproductive-rights establishment had been blindsided by Speaker Nancy Pelosi's last-minute deal to placate the conservative Democrats in Congress and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The reality is much more complicated. [...]