Attacking Choice: The New Jobs Agenda
Last fall, politicians campaigned on an agenda of creating jobs and growing our economy. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the anti-choice majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, said we needed to "be focused like a laser" on job growth.
So what have these politicians been up to? Let's look at the House's track record thus far in 2011.
In February, the House voted to eliminate all funding for Planned Parenthood, a declaration of war on contraception, cancer screenings, and other basic health care that family-planning centers, such as Planned Parenthood, provide to millions of American women and men each year.
Also in February, the House voted to eliminate all funding for Title X, the nation's only family-planning program.
In April, anti-choice lawmakers exacted as their price for keeping the government open a budget bill that bans Washington, D.C. from using its own, locally raised funds to cover abortion care for low-income women.
In May, the House passed H.R.3, the outrageous "rape-audits" bill. H.R.3 manipulates the tax code to advance anti-choice policies and could spur the IRS to audit rape and incest survivors who choose abortion care.
Later in May, the House voted to dictate whether doctors and medical students can learn about providing abortion care.
And in June, the House passed a measure that could make it impossible for a woman even to talk with her doctor about medical abortion over the Internet or through videoconferencing.
Since January, the House has taken six votes that interfere with a woman's right to make personal, private medical decisions.
How many measures to create jobs has the House passed?
Looks like Rep. Cantor's laser is really focused on attacking women's freedom and privacy.
And the anti-choice House leadership is not done yet.
This week, the House is scheduled to vote on H.R.358, the "Let Women Die" bill. H.R.358 would allow hospitals to refuse to provide abortion care even when it's necessary to save a woman's life!
The jobs agenda? Ha! That was so 2010.
Have you had it with these never-ending attacks? Tell your representative to put a STOP to this War on Women.