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The "Stupak on Steroids" Agenda: A Multi-Pronged Attack

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The anti-choice leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives is moving full steam ahead this week with its extreme and broad "Stupak on Steroids" agenda that could change women's access to abortion forever. 

First, we've got the "Stupak on Steroids" bill, H.R.3, introduced by Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey. It is one of the farthest-reaching assaults on women's freedom and privacy that we've seen in years.

H.R.3 is getting a lot of attention, but it's not the only attack on women's access to abortion care gaining momentum in the House. Rep. Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania, of Stupak-Pitts fame, is pushing H.R.358. It has the same Stupak-abortion coverage ban that we beat before, but it would also allow hospitals to refuse to provide abortion care, even when it's necessary to save a woman's life!

When it comes to pushing these bills, the anti-choice House leaders aren't letting the grass grow under their feet. Tomorrow, February 8, the Judiciary Committee constitution subcommittee will hold a hearing on H.R.3, the "Stupak on Steroids" bill. And on Wednesday, February 9, the Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on H.R.358. That's right - that's two hearings on two anti-choice bills in two days.

Here's a side-by-side comparison of how these two bills attack a woman's right to choose:

Rep. Pitts, who's about as anti-choice as they come, was hand-picked by the National Right to Life Committee to serve as chairman of the Energy and Commerce health subcommittee. Now, he oversees important women's health programs, from health-care reform to family-planning services. Talk about the fox guarding the henhouse! 

Why push several anti-choice bills at once? It's part of the House leadership's multi-pronged strategy to wear away at the right to choose at all levels. After all, anti-choice Speaker John Boehner called attacking choice one of his "highest legislative priorities."

Both H.R.3 and H.R.358 include anti-choice measures that were part of the Stupak-Pitts abortion-coverage ban that Americans rejected during the debate over health-care reform. Both bills are extreme and open the door to more political interference in women's personal, private decisions. 

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