"Baby Killer:" Or, How The Abortion Health Care Compromise Pisses Off EveryoneAnna North3/22/10 9:30amFiled to: Health nutshealthcare reformhealthcare debateBart StupakBaby killerAbortionanti-abortionHealthcareRoe vs. World134EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink Like all great compromises, the abortion language in the just-passed healthcare bill leaves everybody angry, and the pro- and anti-choice sides have responded by issuing critical statements and yelling ridiculous shit, respectively.Of course, in the fine tradition of compromise, everyone is mad. Most famously, there's the guy (as of this writing, still unidentified) who called Bart Stupak a "baby-killer" when he decided to accept the slightly-less-restrictive restrictions on abortion funding imposed by Obama's executive order. Emily Bazelon of Slate has a helpful breakdown of the order itself, which requires that insurance companies separate federal funds from funds used to pay for abortions, but, unlike Stupak's original amendment, doesn't bar companies that take federal money from covering abortion at all. As Bazelon points out, this is basically identical to the already-in-place Hyde Amendment — she reminds us, "Health care reform was never about loosening the restrictions on federal funding for abortion and the Stupak amendment was always about tightening them." Or to put it another way, health care reform is about killing babies.