Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Action Alert: Woman-Hating Anti-Abortion Rights Vote This Week

NOW Action Alert
Woman-Hating Anti-Abortion Rights Vote This Week
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TAKE ACTION: Urge your representative vote against H.R.3!
H.R.3, the deceptively named No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, is up for a vote in the House of Representatives this week. One of several dangerous pieces of legislation in this 112th Congress, H.R.3 would permanently reinforce a ban on federal funding for abortion care and levy ideological tax penalties on millions of families and businesses -- effectively parceling out women's constitutional rights on the basis of ability to pay, with racist as well as sexist outcomes.
Please call and email right away to demand your representative vote against this extremist, woman-hating bill.
Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), H.R.3 would:
Codify the Hyde Amendment
H.R.3 would codify a collection of federal abortion funding restrictions referred to as the Hyde Amendment. Under the Hyde Amendment, federal funding of abortion care is segregated from all other forms of health care and severely restricted. This grave injustice puts women's health and lives at risk, disproportionately affecting women of color. For more than 30 years, extremists have bullied Congress into re-approving these federal funding restrictions annually through the appropriations process. Rep. Smith, Speaker Boehner and other ideologues in the House leadership now hope to make this harmful process permanent.
Critically, this legislation, a core part of the right-wing "War on Women," would limit the health exception for women seeking abortions. The radical conservatives within the House of Representatives are determined to expand and make permanent law this racist, sexist and compassionless strategy to use economic coercion to effectively overturn Roe v. Wade.
Restrict Private Spending and Increase Taxes
The "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" is deceptively named because it doesn't stop with federal funding. It also would levy tax penalties on millions of families and businesses using private insurance plans that happen to cover abortion care, and it would restrict the use of individuals' private health savings accounts to cover abortion care -- thus encouraging the Internal Revenue Service to conduct "abortion audits" on women's tax returns. Rightly dubbed "Stupak on Steroids," H.R.3 goes much farther than the "compromise" inserted into the Affordable Care Act restricting private insurance coverage of abortion care in the new health exchanges.
Additional brutal provisions of H.R.3 would narrow the definition of incest and make permanent restrictions on the use of local funds for abortion care in the District of Columbia.
Demand your representative vote against this extremist, woman-hating bill.

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Chris said...

Take up the cause of post-conception reproductive rights for men. Men have been denied the basic right to control their reproduction that women were given decades ago. This anti-choice stance must end and must end now. Men have had their rights spat upon long enough. Let's get a movement going to protect men's reproductive rights. It's time.

Jerin said...

From "Latest Rant"

I can't even begin to tell you how misinformed the statements you have just made are. I would like to encourage you, before making a very emotional post, to please do some research on the topic to get a better sense of what it is about. For example, you say that your are talking about "men's rights", but those rights have not been infringed upon. In fact, men have historically had more freedoms than women, and I dare say they continue to do so. What your post tells me is that you are reacting to decades of women having control over their own bodies. Essentially, then, you are claiming that you disapprove of women having the right to decide about what is best for their health. This relegates women, in your mind, to the status of imbeciles who do not deserve the right to make decisions that can impact their health and well-being. A woman has the right to make this choice, and to include and exclude her partner from the decision making process. Men do not control women's reproduction, and to suggest that they should is vulgar, and demonstrates a gross level of disrespect for half of the world's population.