It looks like the first bill the House of Representatives passed is an anti-abortion bill that would make the medical procedure more expensive. If this seems scary to you, keep reading and learn what it is all about.
The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act would make permanent the Hyde Amendment. Which denies women on Medicaid, federal employees, military servicewomen, women in federal prisons, residents of the Districts of Columbia. And women covered by the Indian Health Service from abortion coverage in health insurance plans.
The bill gives incentive for private health insurers to drop abortion coverage. Except in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment, but that is not all. The bill denies women tax credits if they decide on a health plan which covers abortion.
The author of the legislation told his colleagues at a committee hearing that fetuses “need friends” in Congress. “They need people who are willing to say, at the very least, ‘We will not provide taxpayer funding to facilitate your demise by either chemical poisoning or by literal dismemberment of an unborn child,’” he said.
House Democrats condemned Republicans for focusing on abortion mere three days after the Women’s March on Washington, in which more than three million people protested. The people protested to protect reproductive rights and gender equality. Which is why their reaction to the bill is more than justified.
Republicans in Congress have prioritized repealing the Affordable Care Act, which means that they might be going after birth control access soon. If they repeal the Affordable Care Act, the requirement that insurance plans cover contraception will be revoked. We believe that the access to birth control is an unalienable right, which is why this idea seems so scary to us.
Only a few days ago, Trump reinstated the “Global Gag Rule.” The Global Gag Rule clearly prohibits U.S. foreign aid money from going to any global health program that even mentions abortion. Of course, this executive order has been signed while he was surrounded by men.
President Trump needs to realize that putting America first can’t be done if he marginalizes women around the world. We would like to think that President Trump won’t do any long-lasting damage. But everything has become much harder to predict since his inauguration, we can only hope.