Rather than tackling the tough work of fixing the economy, the legislature is pushing a bill that would jeopardize women's access to birth control and cancer screenings by defunding Planned Parenthood in Indiana. It also imposes dangerous limits on abortion care.
Truce? A relentless obsession with destroying women's access to health care is pretty much the opposite of a truce. Taking away access to contraception and cancer screenings and injecting more political interference in our personal, private decisions do not a truce make.
I cannot recall a time in my two decades on this Committee - and I have checked with a few others that served this Committee before me -- that we have devoted a full hearing and markup to [abortion]. I regret that it takes away our attention from our shared goals of job-creation and tax reform. And I regret that this bill is overall just a tax increase on women.
Ted Miller, communications director for NARAL Pro-Choice America, said the move would be ridiculous if the stakes weren't so high:
House members fighting to preserve a horse's right to birth control would be laughable, if they weren't trying to block women from accessing contraception at the exact same time. What's next? An amendment that would allow veterinarians to refuse to provide birth control to a horse if the vet is personally opposed to contraception?
(Well, doesn't giving birth control to wild horses just encourage them to be even wilder?)