“like a real life version of ‘Handmaid’s Tale'”

I am reposting this from my friend Haley.

She lays it out more clearly than I could (and you can see my thoughts on the subject below her post):

 

Current Legislation attempting to be passed:

HR 217:

1. the bill would allow public hospitals to refuse medically necessary abortions to pregnant women who are rushed in with life-threatening emergencies.

2. It would permanently deny abortion coverage to women who depend on the federal government for their health care, including Native Americans, federal employees, Peace Corps volunteers, poor women and women in federal prisons.

3. The proposal would prohibit anyone who receives a federal subsidy to buy insurance in the new health care exchanges from purchasing a plan that includes abortion coverage (i.e. reinstates the Stupak abortion coverage ban).

4. It would change tax laws in order to penalize businesses that offer abortion coverage and prevent women from deducting medical expenses related to abortion care.

HOUSE BILL 3:

This is the famous bill where Congress attempts to re-define what rape is…as in…well, her abortion can’t be covered because it wasn’t “rape rape”…it was like…”Consensual rape.” Ah yeah, folks.

1. This bill would bar outright the use of federal subsidies to buy any insurance that covers abortion well beyond the new exchanges.

2. Tax credits that are encouraging small businesses to provide insurance for their workers could not be used to buy policies that cover abortions.

3. People with their own policies who have enough expenses to claim an income tax deduction could not deduct either the premiums for policies that cover abortion or the cost of an abortion.

4. People who use tax-preferred savings accounts to pay medical costs could not use the money to pay for a abortion without paying taxes on it.

5. It would make restrictions on federal funding for abortions that are now renewable every year permanent. It would allow federal financing of abortions which creates a new category of forcible rape which excludes statutory or coerced rape such as date rape. and in cases where a woman is in danger of death from her pregnancy but not serious health damage. It would free states from having to provide abortions in such emergency cases

Protect Life Act (H.R.358)

This bill amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify special rules relating to coverage of abortion services placing additional restrictions on abortion services. (Currently, federal funds cannot be used for abortion services and plans receiving federal funds must keep federal funds segregated from any funds for abortion services.)

Pence Amendment:

An Amendment to the Budget that CUTS all Government funding to Planned Parenthood and other organizations that offer low-cost or free health care to women and children.  This has ALREADY passed through the House of Representatives.  It must be squashed in the Senate.

In Utah: Utah state Senate committee has approved a fetal pain bill that requires abortion practitioners to tell women about the pain their baby will feel during an abortion. The measure is another effort to help reduce abortions until the day comes that unborn children are “protected under law.”

South Dakota attempted to pass a law that would have made the killing of abortion providers and/or women having an abortion legal…under the pretense of “protecting the fetus.”

Georgia: House Bill 1 is being pushed through that “protects innocent life from the moment of conception.” This would criminalize women who have had miscarriages and are unable to “prove” they weren’t “at fault”.

Utah just became the first state in the U.S. to criminalize miscarriage and punish women for having or seeking an illegal abortion. Utah’s “Criminal Miscarriage” law:

  • expands the definition of illegal abortion to include miscarriages
  • removes immunity protections for women who have or seek illegal abortions
  • treats women as presumptive criminals and leaves them open to criminal prosecution

In Kansas, Women’s healthcare providers are being threatened on a regular basis

(http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1400/p/dia/action/public/ ?action_KEY=6083)

The Battle against Roe v. Wade at the state level

In 2010 more that 600 measures were introduced to limit access to abortion and 34 secured passage.

29 governors are considered solidly anti abortion up from 21 before the election

In 15 states both the legislature and the governor are anti abortion compared with 10 last year.

87% of counties currently have no abortion providers

Current Supreme Court precedent restricts the governments ability to bar abortions prior to viability considered between 22 and 26 weeks. Nebraska has enacted a law last year that directly challenges this precedent and bans abortions after 20 weeks and includes a very narrow consideration for a woman’s life and physical health and lacks any exceptions for the discovery of severe fetal anomalies. Copycat laws are pending in other states.

And, finally, Danish study finds no link between abortion and mental health problems: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/51131292-68/abortion-mental-health-women.html.csp

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It’s times like this where I have to laugh (sadly) towards people’s ideas that women’s lib is an outdated idea.  All you have to do is open your eyes, see how women are paid, treated, viewed, and often have their opinions dismissed as “less than” to realize that being a feminist in today’s world doesn’t mean you’re fighting a battle that has already been won, or preaching to the choir.  Yes, this is something being supported by the right wing.  But the fact that it’s even being given serious consideration, the fact that on February 18, Congress voted to bar Planned Parenthood health centers from all federal funding is something to be extremely worried about!

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~ by Alli on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.

2 Responses to ““like a real life version of ‘Handmaid’s Tale'””

  1. […] veritas aequitas posted about this interesting story. Here is a small section of the postIt would allow federal financing of abortions which creates a new category of forcible rape which excludes statutory or coerced rape such as date rape. and in cases where a woman is in danger of death from her pregnancy but not serious … Utah’s “Criminal Miscarriage” law: expands the definition of illegal abortion to include miscarriages; removes immunity protections for women who have or seek illegal abortions; treats women as presumptive criminals and leaves them open … […]

  2. http://valleygirlintelligentsia.com/fun-timez-legislation/

    Updated!

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