Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Center for Reproductive Rights press release: House Resumes War on Women, Rules Committee Tees Up H.R. 3 Vote:
Last night, the House of Representatives Rules Committee rejected a series of amendments to Representative Chris Smith's anti-choice legislation "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" (H.R. 3), resuming the House's sweeping assault on women's reproductive health following the 2011 budget debate.
While the bill's sponsors claim that it will “merely codify” federal insurance coverage of abortion services, the bill is radically broad and is clearly intended to prevent all women from obtaining health insurance coverage for abortion. The bill denies any woman who receives her health insurance through Medicaid or other government programs coverage for abortion and tries to do the same to women in the private insurance market. Through tax penalties on insurance plans that cover abortion, the bill raises taxes on millions of American families and small businesses, and imposes intrusive new government rules on private, personal medical decisions.
This evening's amendment votes tee up a House floor vote scheduled for this Wednesday and draw a clear picture of the House majority's efforts to roll back women's rights and access to reproductive health services. . . .