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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The GOP's hatred of women reaches new heights

H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act passed the house today by a 251-175 vote margin. Every Republican voted for it, joined by 16 anti-choice Democrats. It's the Hyde Amendment that has been around forever on steroids. That amendment had to be approved every year and it always is. The new bill seeks not only to make that permanent, but to effectively force private insurance companies to drop abortion coverage in most if not all policies.

The bill has no chance of passing the Senate but a lot of House Republicans are already saying they plan to use it as a bargaining chip in the debt ceiling negotiations. Good luck with that.

The new assault is via business tax credits and personal health care tax accounts as well as redefining rape and incest through a sleazy back door rule. Grover Norquist, the most vocal anti-tax voice on the right pulls no punches. He calls it a tax increase. At least he's consistent.

Right now, most insurance plans include coverage of abortion. H.R. 3 makes any small business or individual that has a health care plan that includes coverage of abortion ineligible for the small business health tax credit and the premium assistance tax credit, thereby raising taxes on potentially millions of otherwise eligible small business owners and individuals. If this bill were enacted, millions of individuals and small businesses will face significant increased costs just for keeping the comprehensive insurance coverage they currently have.

It gets worse.

H.R. 3 would also impose tax increases on women who use their tax preferred savings accounts to pay for abortion services. Under current law, individuals or employers can contribute to these accounts, which are exempt from taxation, so that such funds will be available for medical needs. Under H.R. 3, the amount paid, or any reimbursement for, an abortion would have to be included in the individual’s gross income, meaning that the individual would lose this tax benefit.

And worse.

H.R. 3 Contains No Exceptions for Circumstances Where a Woman Faces Even Serious Health Consequences

H.R. 3 does not make any exceptions for abortions that are necessary to save a woman’s health, such as in cases where continuing the pregnancy could result in permanent damage to a woman’s heart, lungs, or kidneys. Pregnancy can worsen some serious health conditions, as well as prevent treatment of certain conditions, such as cancer. Under H.R. 3, women would be left without insurance coverage for pregnancy termination necessitated by medical complications, which can cost thousands of dollars.

Have cancer and get pregnant. Tough shit, go out of pocket or die. These people are truly fucked up. Moral cowards..all of them. I know, in a sense it is a symbolic vote because they know the bill will never get through the Senate but not one GOP House Rep, never mind the 16 Democrats, had the moral courage to stand up and say they can't vote for this because it goes too far. Not one. May all their teenage daughters get impregnated by an illegal immigrant. Fuck them all.

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