We Must Stop this anti-choice run-away-train Congress! There are lives at stake – those of the living, breathing women of this nation!
On Friday, the House passed the Pence Amendment (H.R. 217.)
This amendmentâ€”if it passes the Senate–will mean the end of federal support for an organization that each year provides more than 800,000 women with breast exams, more than 4 million Americans with testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and 2.5 million people with contraception. Women will die.
What did newly elected Rep. Nan Hayworth (R – 19th C.D.) do when the pressure was on???
Hayworth Voted with Pence and AGAINST the Women of this Nation, and her District!
This new Congress has launched an unprecedented attack on womenâ€™s reproductive rights, and they have a powerful strategy.
Instead of going directly at overturning Roe v. Wade, they have launched a multi-bill assault. Right now, our pro-choice congressional representatives and advocates are fighting off three bills plus budget cuts all at once, and the anti-choice zealots promise that this is just the beginning.
H.R. 3 â€œis radically broad and is clearly intended to prevent all women from obtaining health insurance coverage for abortion services â€“ even insurance paid for with private dollars or provided by employers in the private marketplace. Â The bill would raise taxes on millions of American families and impose intrusive new government rules on private, personal medical decisions.â€ (*Italics added) Center for Reproductive Rights
Under H.R. 3, â€œwomen would no longer be able to use their tax-saver accounts to pay for abortions because, in Smith’s view, this would constitute a federal subsidy; nor could families with high health insurance expenses deduct those expenses from their taxes if the insurance they buy with their own money includes coverage for abortion â€” even if they never use the coverage to pay for one. Small businesses, though not large corporations, could no longer deduct the cost of their employee insurance plans if they cover abortion, as 87% of health plans now do.â€ (*Italics added)Â Los Angeles Times
H.R. 358 â€œwould allow hospitals that object to abortion (as some Catholic ones do, for instance) to make the appalling decision to withhold the procedure even in dire emergencies when it is necessary to save a woman’s life â€” a car accident, say, or a shooting. It also includes an objectionable provision â€” one that failed to become part of the healthcare reformÂ law passed last year â€” that would prohibit federal funds from being used toward the purchase of any health insurance that includes abortion coverage. Current law prohibits federal funds from being used for abortion but allows insurance companies to segregate federal money from private funds used for abortion.â€ Los Angeles Times
Pitts and his buddies are quite literally willing to let women, who are in need of emergency pregnancy termination to save their lives, die. This bill would allow hospitals to refuse to provide abortion care when necessary to save a womanâ€™s life. â€œ…they have written into the bill a new amendment that would override the requirement that emergency room doctors save every patient, regardless of status or ability to pay.Â The law would carve out an exception for pregnant women; doctors and hospitals will be allowed to let pregnant women die if interventions to save them will kill the fetus.â€
Pitts’ new bill would free hospitals from any abortion requirement under EMTALA, meaning that medical providers who aren’t willing to terminate pregnancies wouldn’t have to — nor would they have to facilitate a transfer.â€
â€œThe Pitts bill effectively turns all hospitals into arms of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.Â In other words, your health care is now fully subject to fundamentalist religious ideology.â€ RH Reality Check
H.R. 217 – Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act
PASSED IN THE HOUSE – 2/18/2011
The sole purpose of this act is to attack Planned Parenthood. It seeks to deny any federal funding to Planned Parenthood.
Friday afternoon, 2/18/2011, the House passed this horrific amendment revoking allÂ funding from Planned Parenthood.Â The bill isÂ falsely advertised as saving tax-payer dollars and ensuring that no federal funds are used for abortion. False Advertising! It is already law that NO federal funds can be used for abortion, other than in cases of rape, incest and to save a woman’s life. Passage of this fiscally irresponsible amendment will ultimately cost lives, and tax payers more dollars in long term health related cost for the poor and most vulnerable. Any funds that a clinic uses for such services must be raised separately and outside of federal taxpayer dollars. More than ninety percent ofÂ Planned Parenthood services are non-abortion related.Â Their work is focused on preventive care includingÂ birth control and cancer screenings. The final vote was 239-185.