Monday, May 09, 2011

Yet Another Reason

If you're strongly anti-abortion and believe the government should regulate that female choice, then by all means vote GOP. However, if you're on the fence at all regarding the Republican agenda and are only along for fiscal or military reasons, this should give you yet another reason never to pull the lever for a Republican again:
The House voted 251-175 on Wednesday to pass the GOP's controversial anti-abortion measure H.R. 3, "The No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act." Sixteen Democrats joined 235 Republicans in approving it.
The legislation would eliminate tax deductions for employer-provided health insurance plans that cover abortion, effectively raising costs for businesses that offer abortion-inclusive health care to employees. It could also deny Medicaid-based abortion care to women even if their health may be harmed by carrying the pregnancy to term.

"This bill goes far beyond prohibiting federal funding [for abortion]," said Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY). "The real purpose and effect of this bill is to eliminate private health care choices for women by imposing significant tax penalties on families and small businesses when they use their own money to pay for health insurance or medical care.

The measure maintains exemptions for cases of rape, incest and when the mother's life is in danger. But a committee report left open the possibility that the legislation could deny federally-subsidized abortion in instances of statutory rape.


"This bill is so extreme that it manipulates the tax code to advance anti-choice policies and could spur the IRS to audit rape and incest survivors who choose abortion care," said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.


Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, said she was "outraged" that the measure passed. "H.R. 3 is a dangerous bill that goes far beyond any other proposal ever introduced in Congress to take comprehensive health care coverage away from women," she said.

This is a tax increase on women and small businesses -- not exactly a fiscally conservative policy. And so much for the myth the GOP perpetuated that they are somehow concerned about jobs. While the President is likely to veto the GOP legislation, which is also unlikely to pass the U.S. Senate, states like Texas are already making it hard and harder on women:
Yesterday, the Texas Legislature passed legislation requiring doctors to perform a sonogram at least 24 hours before an abortion and to describe what the sonogram shows. Only in cases of rape, incest, or fetal abnormality is a woman allowed to bypass that requirement. Texas is facing it’s worst budget crisis since World War II. But apparently, with the nation racing to restrict women’s rights as much as humanly possible, Gov. Texas Perry (R) dubbed this anti-abortion bill as an “emergency priority” to fast-track its passage.
And who's supposed to pay for that sonogram?

The only good side of all this GOP overreach seems to be fundraising for Dems off the threat to a woman's right to control her own body. Like you can do here.

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