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This week, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R.7, an extreme anti-choice bill that would take away abortion coverage from millions of American women.
Thanks to a huge outcry from the public and pro-choice elected officials, anti-choice members of the House committee had already revised this bill to drop a provision that would have redefined rape. Last week, they revised the bill a second time to drop a provision that would have forced women to prove to the IRS that they'd been raped. Not only that, but they snuck in new provisions that have never been discussed or debated in committee.
As of today, here's what H.R.7 would do:
- Impose tax penalties on small businesses that offer abortion coverage in employee insurance plans.
- Ban abortion coverage entirely in the new health-insurance exchanges.
- Permanently ban abortion coverage for women who get their health care through the government, including servicewomen and low-income women.
- Require health plans to make biased, one-sided "disclosures" of abortion coverage.
You can learn more about the harmful effects of H.R.7 on our website.
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Tonight, President Barack Obama will accept the Democratic nomination. We can't wait to watch his speech!
He's been such a strong pro-choice president and advocate for women that it's almost hard to remember what it's like to live under an anti-choice president.
But four years ago today, women were enduring the anti-choice Bush administration.
How was life different for women under an anti-choice president four years ago? Let's take a walk down memory lane. Remember to take deep breaths while reading:
- On his first day in office, President Bush re-imposed the global gag rule, effectively making it more difficult for low-income worldwide to get the reproductive-health care they need.
- Bush stacked his cabinet and administration with anti-choice personnel by appointing John Ashcroft as U.S. attorney general, Tommy Thompson and Michael Leavitt as secretaries of Health and Human Services, and W. David Hager to a key FDA panel on women's health.
- For years, the Bush administration refused to listen to medical experts and blocked efforts to make emergency contraception available without a prescription.
- President Bush became the first president in history to sign legislation outlawing safe abortion procedures.
- President Bush tried to cancel contraceptive coverage for federal employees.
- The Bush administration repeatedly censored accurate medical information on government websites at the behest of anti-choice activists.
In November 2008, we ushered in a new era for women's freedom and privacy when we elected pro-choice President Barack Obama.
Here are some of President Obama's pro-choice highlights:
- In his first week in office, President Obama rescinded the global gag rule. That was the anti-choice policy that canceled U.S. family-planning funds to many overseas health centers and denied the world's poorest women birth control.
- President Obama repealed the worst provisions of the controversial, last-minute Bush policy known as the Federal Refusal Rule. The regulation could have allowed entire health-care corporations to refuse to provide medical services--including, potentially, birth control.
- President Obama signed legislation increasing family-planning funding for American women.
- President Obama won passage of the Affordable Care Act, the law that will bring 30 million Americans into a health-care system that includes affordable family-planning services, better access to contraception and maternity care.
- President Obama also pledged to veto two far-reaching anti-choice bills, the "Rape Audits" bill and the "Let Women Die" bill.
We've come so far under Obama's presidency. We cannot let Gov. Mitt Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, take us back to the dark ages with their support for overreaching and extreme anti-choice legislation.
Join us November 6, and we'll show Romney and Ryan just how out of touch they are with American voters.
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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.
Rep. Mary Bono Mack (CA-45)Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25)Rep. Mark Critz (PA-12)Rep. Chris Gibson (NY-20)Rep. Nan Hayworth (NY-19)Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-7)Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3)Rep. Heath Shuler (NC-11)
Now the fight moves to the Senate.
Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25)Rep. Chris Gibson (NY-20)Rep. Nan Hayworth (NY-19)
Rep. Mary Bono Mack (CA-45)Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-7)
Rep. Mark Critz (PA-12)Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3)Rep. Heath Shuler (NC-11)
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.
Under standard audit procedure, a woman would have to provide evidence to corroborate facts about abortions, rapes, and cases of incest, says Marcus Owens, an accountant and former longtime IRS official. If a taxpayer received a deduction or tax credit for abortion costs related to a case of rape or incest, or because her life was endangered, then "on audit [she] would have to demonstrate or prove, ideally by contemporaneous written documentation, that it was incest, or rape, or [her] life was in danger," Owens says. "It would be fairly intrusive for the woman."
This bill gets more outrageous and insulting by the day. Not only would a woman have to describe her sexual assault to the police, but she could then be forced to relive that horrifying experience with an agent from the IRS. The 221 members of Congress who signed their names to this egregious bill must explain to their constituents why they want to give the IRS authority to audit rape survivors.