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· January 14, 2014
Congress Pushing Women’s Health Restrictions
We’re not even 2 weeks into 2014 and Congress is already try to restrict women’s health care.
Last week the House held a hearing on legislation, HR 7, that would ban insurance coverage for abortion for Obamacare’s state level exchanges and penalize small businesses who offer abortion coverage for their employees. It would eliminate medical-expense deductions for abortion care, except in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment. The IRS would be forced to figure out how to implement this change and to determine what the definition of rape or incest is. Not surprisingly it was an all male committee at this hearing
Members of the Senate are working to pass a 20 week abortion ban that has no exceptions for fetal abnormalities or threats to the woman’s health. This measure was passed in the House in 2013.
Congress is pushing to attach legislation to a federal spending bill that would allow your boss to decide if you could get birth control coverage. This is in addition to several law suits that have been filed over this same issue and is despite the fact that nearly every woman you know has used birth control at some point in her life.
I’m not sure about you but I’m ready for Congress to focus on something besides my uterus. You can tell Congress what you think here.