Tapati (tapati) wrote,

The "Let Women Die" Law

The House leadership is pushing Congressman Joe Pitts' anti-abortion-funding bill through the House of Representatives this week and we need you to call your Representative TODAY!

H.R. 358, the so-called “Protect Life Act,” would do anything but—this dangerous bill puts women’s lives at risk and would go far beyond the Stupak-Pitts Amendment on which it is modeled. It would:

End abortion coverage in state health care exchanges, the public marketplaces for health insurance starting in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act. Eventually, most people are expected to get their insurance through the exchanges. If this bill is successful, getting insurance that includes coverage for abortion will be nearly impossible – putting abortion out of reach of even more women.
Allow hospitals receiving federal funds to deny emergency abortions to women whose lives are in danger.
Place a gag order on insurers, preventing them from even giving women information about how to get abortion coverage.

Because phone calls have a more immediate impact than email and the House of Representatives could vote on this bill this week, it is important for you to CALL today!

Call Congress at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your Representative--you can call 24 hours a day and leave a message if the staff is not in the office

From another site:

Pitt wants to allow private hospitals to be able to refuse to perform emergency abortions to women in cases where it would actually save the woman's life. Moreover, the hospital wouldn't even be required to facilitate a transfer to a hospital that was willing to perform the life-saving procedure. Hospital staff could literally do nothing while the woman dies. Even non-medical staff such as receptionists and insurance claims adjusters would now have the right to interfere. It is an unprecedented exception to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), which guarantees necessary medical treatment to all who seek it.


See also: http://tammypierce.livejournal.com/58312.html

And on a personal note--how did some of these recent anti-choice measures get so far without news spreading much sooner? I guess economic melt downs are great cover. :/
Tags: abortion rights, feminism, laws, sexism, women

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