The Protect Life Act, which passed 251-172, prevents women from receiving an abortion with the use of federal funds, even if it would save her life. However, the Affordable Care Act already does not allow federal funds to pay for a woman’s abortion, even if her life is at risk if she continues the pregnancy. The bill is redundant.
This act also attempts to override the previous rules by allowing hospitals to deny a woman an abortion to save her life based on religious grounds and prevents a woman from receiving supplemental coverage with federal funds for an abortion.
“The religious right’s influence on Congress has gone too far,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “This bill is not only an extremist affront to women’s rights, but a waste of time and taxpayer money during a critical congressional session.”
According to Planned Parenthood, who condemns passage of H.R. 358, this bill also takes away other rights from women:
Read the SAP here.
The bill’s several anti-women’s health provisions include:
- taking comprehensive health care coverage away from women
- eliminating existing protections for women who need an abortion to save their lives
- further expanding current refusal laws that undermine women’s health
- creating loopholes that states and insurance companies could exploit to undermine the requirement that insurance companies provide birth control with no co-pays
In other words, a woman can just die, along with her child, instead of emergency rooms saving the mother’s life, because of the Religious Reich’s non-Biblical views on abortion, which they profess is in the Bible. The Reich prefers to control women through a Theocracy instead of allowing them the same freedom choice and control over their bodies of a man concerning his healthcare. They do not care if she is a 12-year-old victim of incest or a 25-year-old victim of rape, she can just die. The Religious Reich refuses to help any female who is a victim, even if her life is at risk.
“This attack on women accomplishes nothing,” continued Speckhardt. “The infringement upon a woman’s right to choose is a sign of the volatile climate in Washington. Now, more than ever, it’s crucial for humanists to speak out against these oppressive measures, and bring morality and reason back to the conversation.”
Humanists and many other women from various worldviews, as well as the men who love and care about them, will speak out on this.
The National Women's Law Center posted a means to see how your senator voted and if they voted for the bill you can tell your senator that what they did was wrong through their site. Of course there is the National Organization for Women (NOW) and Planned Parenthood, in which women can fight this outrage.
“This bill is a collection of dangerous ideas that will undermine women’s health,” said Cecile Richards, president of PPFA. “Most devastating, the bill eliminates protections for patients seeking care in emergency circumstances, and would allow a hospital to deny lifesaving abortion care to a woman, even if a doctor deems it necessary.”
“House leaders just can’t keep their eye on the ball and focus on jobs and the economy,” said Richards. “In fact, this bill will increase the economic burden on already struggling American families by eliminating health insurance provisions that could save them from bankruptcy.”
NOW does not expect the bill to pass in the Senate and stated that Obama promised to veto the bill if it crossed his desk.
[B]ut this vote was more than symbolic — these provisions are likely to surface again, either as standalone legislation or as amendments to other bills.