Tonight, the president will lay out his priorities for the year when he delivers the State of the Union in front of a joint session of Congress. His speech will be followed by three Republican responses: the “official” response from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (the highest ranking Republican woman in the House), Senator Mike Lee on behalf of the Tea Party, and Senator Rand Paul on behalf of, well…Senator Rand Paul. We wonder whether or not Rep. McMorris Rodgers will mention that the House spent their day voting on a bill to end insurance coverage of abortion and make abortion out of reach, even in cases where a woman's health is in danger.
That’s right, the 113th Congress, which has passed fewer laws in its first year than any single session in history, is now pushing forward legislation that would deny women comprehensive health coverage and eliminate access to safe and legal abortion — while raising taxes on women and small businesses.
The misleadingly named “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” (H.R. 7), is a dangerous assault on women’s health and a harmful attempt to take away the comprehensive private health insurance coverage that millions of women have today. It takes unprecedented steps to fundamentally change the health insurance market from one where abortion coverage is the industry standard to one where it’s eliminated (currently 87 percent of employer-provided insurance plans include abortion coverage).
The bill would:
In a time when Americans want Congress to focus on jobs and the economy, these anti-women’s health politicians want to push for a bill that places restrictions on how women with private insurance can spend their own private dollars. It has the potential to affect millions of women, including:
In addition, Congress is seeking to continue harmful restrictions that impact women enrolled in public insurance, including:
And of course, the bill would be especially harmful for women struggling to make ends meet, who may not be able to afford a safe and legal abortion without insurance coverage.
This bill is nothing more than an attempt to eliminate abortion access and undermine a woman's ability to make personal decisions about her own health care. Politicians who interfere with women's health are going too far. Ironically, the House is making their move just as women are enjoying new benefits from the Affordable Care Act. The bottom line is: a woman’s health insurance is supposed to enable her to take care of her health and well-being, not limit her options. We have to stop this dangerous bill, and stop it now. Tell your representative to vote NO on this dangerous bill.
Deception Decoder: Expose the Lies Behind Anti-Abortion Laws
Anti-women’s health lawmakers think they can sneak their dangerous, unpopular agenda through if they come up with misleading, pleasant-sounding names for legislation. Decode them and see what each bill should really be called