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The American Humanist Association and Women's groups Denounce and Condemn the Passage of the Protect Life Act

The American Humanist Association and Women's groups Denounce and Condemn the Passage of the Protect Life Act

On October 14, the day after the House passed the Protect Life Act, the American Humanist Association (AHA) made a strong statement denouncing its passage.

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.

About Mriana

Mriana is a humanist and the author of "A Source of Misery", who grew up in the Church of God, Anderson Indiana. After she became an adult, she joined the Episcopal Church, but later left the Church and became a humanist. She has two grown sons and raises cats. Mriana raised her sons in the Episcopal Church, but in their teen years, they left the Church and she soon followed. One of her sons became a "Tao Buddhist" and the other a None, creating his own world view. She enjoys writing, reading, science, philosophy, psychology, and other subjects. Mriana is also an animal lover, who cares for their welfare as living beings, who are part of the earth. She is a huge Star Trek fan in a little body.
  • Fortunately, Pres. Obama has promised that in the event it makes it to his desk, it will be vetoed.

    As we reported on GodDiscussion.com, groups like the Family Research Council think this bill is just wonderful and reflects the views of 'most' Americans who do not want their federal tax dollars to support abortion.

    I agree with the AHA that the religious right is going way too far. I watched some of the 'Occupy' live streams over the last few days and did not see any discussion about the influence of the religious right. The protesters should look at that, too, if they are to seriously address problems in the country.


    • I think the Religious Reich has gone too far and with such a view as thinking tax dollars are going for abortions… what this bill would do, if it were to pass all the way, is essentially cause "tax dollars" to go for the deaths of many pregnant women AND those babies the Reich worries so much about. Using their way of thinking, the "tax dollars" would go to a raising mortality rate, theoretically doubling the death toll of childbirth. This does not take a mathematical genius to figure out. All it takes is an actual education and an understanding of women's health and the multitude of things that can go wrong and lead to, not one, but two (2) deaths. Of course the ignorant Religious Reich does not care about this, because they truly believe this saves lives, when in reality, it does not. It is NOT Pro-life, but Pro-death. Pro-choice is what is pro-life, because it covers all the lifesaving healthcare choices that a woman may need and it keeps the care between her and her doctor, not her, her doctor, and domineering men in congress, as well as part of the patriarchal Religious Reich, involved. I don't see any men being forced that sort of set up in their healthcare. It's just between them and their doctors.

      • I so agree with you, Mriana.

        I truly wonder whether these religious right people would be as thrilled about this type of legislation if they had to live with the consequences of it. If one of these guys with young children already had to take his wife to the emergency room, only to be told that the unborn fetus had more rights than his wife and living children, I wonder how delighted and thankful he'd be for this legislation. Rick Santorum — one of the big anti-choice advocates — was in a similar situation and his wife had an abortion. Of course, that was somehow 'different' —


        • Actually, given their ideology, they would probably tell themselves the death of his wife and unborn child was God's will and there was nothing he or anyone else could do. It's twisted thinking, esp when modern technology gives us a chance to save the woman's life.

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