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The Senate Finance Committee may restrict women’s health care!

Posted in DC Reform, Health Reform Policy Proposals, Reproductive Health Care, Sexual health by raisingwomensvoices on July 1, 2009

Yesterday rumors were flying and some folks are saying they’ve been confirmed. The Senate Finance Committee (SFC), in an effort to make health care into a bi-partisan effort, is considering a restriction on abortion funding with the passage of health care reform. This could mean not allowing a public health insurance plan to cover the cost of abortions for women. It is still unclear under what circumstances this provision would apply, but we want to make sure that you all are aware of what’s going on in the SFC!

This is potentially very dangerous, and poses a great risk for the health and lives of women all over this country. There is no excuse for excluding health benefits from health insurance plans based on politics and ideology. We don’t want politicians deciding what health care services we have and do not have. We need to look out for the women with the least access to resources and capital and ensure that their needs are represented.

Please contact your members of congress, encourage them to oppose this amendment or any language about restricting women’s access to reproductive health care services. We most strongly encourage women and men from states represented on the Senate Finance Committee to contact their representatives: Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Alaska, Oregon, New York, Michigan, Washington, Florida, New Jersey, Delaware, Iowa, Utah, Maine, Arizona, Kentucky, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, and Texas. Make your voice heard and make sure this possibility doesn’t become a reality.

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  4. MONDAY MUSINGS » Argue With My Dad said, on July 6, 2009 at 9:58 pm

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  6. ronin said, on July 7, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Sure, let’s deep- six health care reform in the spirit of ‘bipartisanship’. Rembember it’s the conservatives whining that the gubmint will get beween you and your doctor. They were projecting, apparently.

  7. Jamey said, on July 7, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    I’m from NJ.

    Wrote my Senators about this, and sent a note to my Congressman asking that he not cave into any similar compromise put before the House or any House committees.

    • raisingwomensvoices08 said, on July 8, 2009 at 10:31 am

      Jamey,

      Thanks for doing this. New Jersey is going to be a key player when these committees go to mark-up and then to the floor of congress. Being in touch with your representative is one of the best things you can do – I still wonder why we don’t teach our kids in school how to do this!

      Thanks again,

      RWV

  8. Henk said, on July 7, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Good Grief, the only way they are going to get ANY Republican support is to have a Public option that doesn’t cover anything. Even if it only covered hangnails NO Republicans would support it. So why bother? Easy, it gives the Blue Balled Democrats an excuse to do what they want, which is support their Corporate Benefactors.

  9. Rick said, on July 8, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Brilliant, sell out women to get approximately zero Republican votes. That’s change we can believe in.

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