This is a response-to-a-response to Health Care Terrorism
Also, if there was never a provision for the public funding of abortion, then why did Planned Parenthood and the National Organization for Women decry the bill the very day it was passed as Obama throwing women under the bus so he could get his “legacy” bill passed?
Planned Parenthood and the National Organization for Women were against that provision of the bill because the way it will restructure all health insurance will make it unlikely that private health insurance will cover abortion either. (The majority of private health insurers do cover abortion currently.) Women will have to specifically get separate policies to cover abortion. Since most women do not plan to have unwanted pregnancies, it is unlikely that they will get the extra coverage, and it therefore will not be there when they need it.
This will have a disproportionately negative effect on poor and middle income women. Think about it: if a woman can’t afford an abortion, how can she afford to raise a child?
I only wish I had found it sooner. (Like it would have made a difference.)
Either the low & middle income women of this Nation are about to be screwed out of any access to safe abortions, or billions of low-income people will continue to die from lack of health care coverage. Having grown up steeped in the history of women bleeding to death from back alley abortions, and recently loosing someone who might have lived if he had access to preventative health care, my stomach is in knots.
What kind of Faustian bargain are the democrats making? Throwing 50 years of woman’s reproductive rights struggle down the drain? Why does it always come to these false choices: women or everyone, women or blacks?
Is anyone else nauseated by the narrative of news shows explaining how the health care bill not only will not use federal funds to cover abortion–but will effectively prevent anyone else from covering it either? Not to scare us, but in an effort to placate so-called democrats who think the bill is still too lenient on abortion?
PS. Here’s my new chant for Tea Party Protestors:
Kill the Bill! We wanna die! Health is for the rich! Let poor people Die!