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.
Expressions of outrage have been pouring forth.
"This bill is yet another example of the House majority's disregard for the importance of accessible health care for women and the wishes of the citizens of Washington, D.C.," said Michael Keegan, president of People for the American Way. "Rather than address the many complex issues facing our nation, House Republicans are choosing to threaten women's constitutional rights by attacking choice and preventive care, and they are taking every chance they get to force their social priorities on the people of Washington, D.C."
Dr. Douglas Laube, board chair for Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, wrote in a press statement that "The House of Representatives showed a reckless disregard for the health of millions of Americans."
The bill is an all-out attack on basic health care for women," said Laura W. Murphy, director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office, in a statement.
"Among the bill's many failings is its exclusion of insurance coverage for abortion where a woman's health is at risk. A pregnant woman who learns that she has cancer or another serious disease should be able to make the best decision to protect her health. Though we may not all feel the same way about abortion, we can agree that a woman should not be denied insurance coverage for care she needs, especially when her health is threatened," she said.
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