Was the amendment restricting insurers that get federal dollars from paying for abortions a necessary evil to get health reform passed? Probably. It’s a heartbreaking setback, and, as Emily Bazelon points out in Double X, this only hurts poor women.
Just to keep things in perspective, though, women without health insurance don’t have abortions paid for now. I’d rather be certain that all women are getting the gynecological care they need, including effective birth control, than fight this battle right now.