Sunday, November 8, 2009

you know what are cheap? back alley abortions.

i'm not an expert on this health care legislation that was just passed in the united states but...why is everyone celebrating when what seems to have happened is that there is now a public health care option but women lost the right to have their abortions covered???

the amendment, which was introduced by stupak(who we talked about earlier, and his wolfiness, apparently he is also an asshole who hates women and wants to take away their right to health care) "would ban the public health insurance option from funding abortion and also ban any private plan operating within the exchange from funding abortions. "

"under stupak's plan, a woman buying private insurance from within the exchange with her own money would not have a choice of a plan that covered abortion."

what the fuuuuuuck????

stupak is a democrat. a democrat!!

abortions cost money!! so, if you can't afford to buy private health care insurance, you have to pay out of pocket for an abortion?? under all circumstances? so if you're a rape victim and you happen to have public health insurance, you have to pay to have the rape baby aborted?? is that what this means???

i get that some people don't "believe" in abortion, but you know what, those people should just have their belief and not be crazy and try to force it on women. so just because some asshole doesn't believe in abortion, women in the united states don't have the same right to accessible and safe health care???

representatives louise slaughter and diana degette(co-chairs of the congressional pro-choice caucus) put out the following statement about this unbelievably insane move:

"Placing onerous new restrictions on a woman's right to choose sets a terrible precedent and marks a significant step backwards. This effort will effectively ban abortion coverage in all plans, both private and public - marking a significant scaling back of the options offered under existing laws. Such a terrible, last minute amendment to a critical, historic piece of legislation is a shame. This kind of outrageous interference in health care by the government marks a sad day in this struggle and will result in women across America losing the right to health care."

it is a sad day. it's an especially sad day when the president, mr. "i'm so progressive, look at how progressive i am" president, puts out his own statement about how fucking historic this day is and how awesome it is.:

"The Affordable Health Care for America Act is a piece of legislation that will provide stability and security for Americans who have insurance; quality affordable options for those who don't; and bring down the cost of health care for families, businesses, and the government while strengthening the financial health of Medicare. And it is legislation that is fully paid for and will reduce our long-term federal deficit."

um, you know who "americans" are obama? WOMEN. a lot of americans are women. so "affordable options" means that there are special reproductive services that women require--and they need to be able to choose those options.

you know what will "bring down the cost of health care?" making sure that the women who need the public health care option AND an abortion can get both, because you know what makes health care costly? when women go to extreme measures to get a cheap abortion outside of the system.

remember back alley abortions? well they are going to cost your precious health care system.

or how about women having babies they can't afford? that has a cost, doesn't it?

i guess he is kind of right though, it is a historic day. i'm sure the generations of women and men who fought(and continue to fight) for safe and affordable access to abortion for women will never forget this day as they watch the rights they fought for get rolled back so effortlessly.

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