Since the start of this Congress, House leadership has pursued an agenda seeking to reduce women’s access to reproductive health care services. Now they are pushing H.R. 3, a bill that proposes dangerous restrictions on insurance coverage for abortion.
H.R. 3 would harm women’s health and would even raise taxes on individuals and small businesses to punish private health care decisions. Now we are hearing that this bill may come to the House floor for a vote as early as next week. We must stop them.
H.R. 3 reduces women’s access to abortion care in many ways, but here are some of its most outrageous provisions —
- Raises taxes and increases costs on many individuals and small businesses with insurance plans that cover abortion, which could force individuals and employers to drop abortion coverage from their health insurance plans. It could even shut down the entire private market for insurance coverage that includes abortion.
- Writes into permanent law a ban on abortion coverage for ALL women who depend on the government for their health care. This includes low-income women currently covered under Medicaid, women who will become eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, women serving in the U.S. military, federal employees, residents of the District of Columbia, women in federal prisons and women covered by the Indian Health Service.
- Unbelievably, H.R. 3 contains no exceptions for circumstances where a woman faces serious health consequences, even if continuing the pregnancy could cause permanent damage to her heart, lungs, or kidneys.
We refuse to stand by as they continue their outrageous attack on women’s health. Tell your Representative to vote NO on H.R. 3 and its dangerous restrictions on women’s health care coverage today.
Author unknown, quoted in The Torch, 14 September 1987
|—||Christina Page, author of “How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America” (via brittanibotulism)|
|—||Susan Faludi. (via brittanibotulism)|
Thanks to Jay Tea at www.wizbangblog.com for doing some math for us all.Amplify’d from wizbangblog.com
Nobody with half a conscience left could possibly support tax payer funding of Planned Parenthood (the name of which is such a ruse).
Well now, I feel like a broken record.
Due to the Hyde Amendment, federal funding for abortions through Planned Parenthood is federally prohibited. Planned Parenthood does not simply run around the Country handing out free Abortions to every pregnant woman on the street.
Planned Parenthood also offers many counseling services which aid the woman in deciding whether or not Abortion is right for her. There are many women who thought of having an Abortion due to financial reasons, but upon arriving at a Planned Parenthood Health Center discovered many methods by which to afford her pregnancy and baby. Planned Parenthood avidly advocates W.I.C., adoptions, and when in the correct circumstances—yes, Abortion.
Furthermore, even if federal funding for Planned Parenthood ceased, taxpayers would still be funding Abortions. Abortions are only federally funded when in the case of rape, incest, or when the woman’s life is in danger—and her insurance will not cover the procedure. Thus, with or without Planned Parenthood, you would have hospitals and other Health Centers who perform abortions which would, in the specific cases I listed, be funded by the taxpayer’s dime.
In truth, the number of these actual cases are incredibly low. As a result, the individual taxpayer pays roughly less than $1 to “fund Abortions.” Now, let’s take a look at the numbers you decided to cite, shall we?
While true, the number of deaths in the Iraq war were fewer than the number of successful abortions, you’ve obviously got your panties in a bunch regarding the taxpayer funding here. And, according to Congressional Budget Office report released in 2007, the Iraq war could cost taxpayers roughly $2.4 Trillion by 2017.
If you would seek to de-fund Planned Parenthood on the simple basis that it performs Abortions—not that it is federally funded to perform abortions—and would seek to rid many women and men of various other methods of affordable birth control, reproductive health care and general health care, it would lead me to believe you are an incredibly naive and blinded individual—despite your “research.”
The Idaho bill’s House sponsor, state Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa, told legislators that the “hand of the Almighty” was at work. “His ways are higher than our ways,” Crane said. “He has the ability to take difficult, tragic, horrific circumstances and then turn them into wonderful examples.”
Right, because rape is certainly the “higher way.”