By WeNews staff
Friday, May 6, 2011
By passing H.R. 3 on Wednesday night, House lawmakers pushed a radical and divisive abortion agenda with little chance of Senate approval. But it shows how health reform politics are being saddled by a heavy major anti-choice agenda.
(WOMENSENEWS)--The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act approved by the U.S. House on Wednesday night extends a ban on abortion insurance coverage that currently applies to low-income recipients of Medicaid to virtually all U.S. women.
It's doubtful that it will pass the Senate, report various media outlets, so it stands little chance of becoming law.
Its far-reaching provisions, however, provide a stark look at how anti-choice lawmakers are exploiting health reform for this agenda. This bill might not pass, but another effort, at an 11th hour, might.
Federal rules that bar federal funding for abortion services currently require annual reauthorization. This bill would make them permanent.
But it would go much further than preserving that status quo.
By revoking tax breaks for employers whose insurance plans cover abortion, it would make it very difficult for any employer to choose such a plan--or for insurers to even offer it. Nearly 90 percent of private insurance policies currently cover abortion, so this bill would take the bottom out of health care financing for abortion.
It also would prevent all military-hospital abortion services overseas, even if an enlisted woman wanted to pay for the procedure out of pocket, Ms. Magazine reported earlier this week.
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