Morning CheckUp: March 15, 2012

U.K. abortion clinic says U.S. group is intimidating women: “One of Britain’s main abortion providers said Wednesday that a campaign run by a U.S.-based religious group is intimidating women who use its services. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service said activists from the 40 Days for Life group have been holding vigils outside one of their central London clinics and had on occasion filmed people coming in and out of the building.” [Associated Press]

Report finds wide range in health care quality in U.S.: “If all local areas could do as well as the top performers, the Commonwealth Fund report argues, 30 million more Americans would have health insurance, 1.3 million more seniors would receive appropriate medications and Medicare would save billions of dollars on preventable hospitalizations and readmissions.” [The Hill]

Arizona bill would promote adoption over abortion: “The state House education committee passed a bill Monday that would prohibit school districts and charter schools from promoting abortion as a better alternative to childbirth and adoption. SB 1009 would require schools to talk about adoption as the preferred alternative to abortion when the issue comes up in the sexual education curriculum.” [Arizona Public Media]

CDC finances national anti-smoking campaign: “For the first time, the federal government will directly attack the nation’s tobacco addiction with a series of advertisements highlighting the grisly toll of smoking, a campaign that federal health officials hope will renew the stalled decline in the share of Americans who smoke.” [New York Times]

Opinions on health care reform vary with the questions: “Public opposition on the healthcare law’s individual mandate softens when people consider that the government will help people pay for insurance, according to a new poll released Wednesday. The survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press, found that attitudes toward the mandate changed based on how the question was phrased.” [The Hill]

Democrat Max Baucus is still an ACA fan: “Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, isn’t exactly the loudest voice in the cheering section for the law. [..] But Baucus did write big pieces of the law, so he hasn’t dropped off the face of the earth. He’s still trying to sell the law — even at home in Montana. He’s just picking his sales strategies very, very carefully. [Politico]