Health Care

Draconian Abortion Bill Has Everything to Do with Denying Women's Rights, Nothing to Do With Jobs

Stop us if you have heard this one before: Instead of bringing a jobs bill to the floor, today House Republicans are bringing up a draconian abortion bill that puts women's health at risk. The bill would limit how women with private insurance can spend their own private dollars in purchasing health insurance and is a solution to a problem that does not exist.

Even though current law forbids federal funding for abortion except in extremely limited cases, the Republican bill would prohibit women from purchasing health plans with their own money, limiting a woman’s right to purchase the health care plan of her choice. This extreme legislation would even allow hospitals to deny life-saving care to women.

No wonder the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists wrote:

“In order for women to receive the best health care and disease prevention, they must have access to all medically appropriate legal medical procedures, regardless of ability to pay…ACOG opposes legislative proposals to limit women’s access to any needed medical care; these proposals can jeopardize the health and safety of our patients, and put government between a physician and a patient.”

Putting the government between a physician and a patient? That sounds familiar.

And did we mention it is not a jobs bill?