Stupak-Amendment Passes! Affects every woman


After hearing the results of the Stupak-Amendment this evening, I burst into tears.  Normally, when these ridiculous bills are passed and, once again, a road block is placed in front of women’s health, I grit my teeth, curse under my breath, and prepare to face another challenge in the world of reproductive health. Tonight, though, my emotions took over and I wept.  If you know me, you know I don’t cry easily.  But my tears weren’t for me.  I was crying for the thousands upon thousands of women this bill affects. 

 

If you work in abortion care, you hear the stories that no one will believe.  Of course there are the tragic tales of rape and incest that cause your insides to turn, but there are also so many stories of women seeking abortion because of other valid, personal, challenging reasons.  The struggle that these women face to finance their abortion is tremendous.  And this is in conjunction with the extensive legal barriers created to block their choice…as if the decision is taken lightly!

 

You ask any person that works on the NAF hotline, or an abortion fund, or if you read The Abortioneers Blog, they will tell you the financial barriers placed infront of women to obtain an abortion are incredible.  These barriers are so great, in fact, that some women struggle to pay for a first trimester abortion (cheaper and safe)and end up pulling together the money when they are in their second trimester (more expensive with more health risks). 

 

And these are the stories of women who don’t have abortion coverage. 

 

Not only does this bill continue to ban coverage of abortion services in the public insurance sector, but it bans abortion in the private sector as well.  Thus women who are covered by their insurance for an abortion (majority) IN CASE they have an unplanned pregnancy, have now lost that privilege (…if this bill becomes law obviously).  And who suffers the most? Low-income women, the most vulnerable. 

 

If there ever was a time to speak up to your representatives, it’s now.  I contacted Rep Stupak just minutes before writing this blog.  Am I a constituent of Representative Stupak? No (I put in the address of his own office in the email form), but he made a decision for me and my friends and my patients and every woman by creating this bill, so he is going to hear from me. 

 

 

Dear Representative Stupak,

 

As a woman of this country, I want to tell you directly that your abortion ban disgusts me.

 

How dare you make decisions for me and how dare you create a bill that takes away my abortion coverage. Would you also like to take away my contraceptive coverage?  Perhaps my ability to have an annual pap smear?

 

Your bill makes me seethe with anger. As a future physician, you have just made a decision for so many women-you will never meet them, you will never hear their stories, and you will never know their struggles. Abortion care already carries so many burdens for women and you have just made it harder.

 

When women start dying from dangerous "back-alley" abortions again because of severe lack of access to providers, don’t be surprised when you and all the other members of congress who voted for your selfish bill find blood on their hands.

 

Megan Evans

Medical Student and future Ob/Gyn

 

These representatives have made a decision for all women of this country by voting to take away our right to abortion coverage. Our LEGAL RIGHT! 

 

Be vocal about this issue.  We cannot let this bill become law.  Our choice is legal, personal, private, and should be affordable and covered for all women.  

Like this story? Your $10 tax-deductible contribution helps support our research, reporting, and analysis.

Follow Dr. Megan Evans on Twitter: @ProChoicePres

To schedule an interview with Dr. Megan Evans please contact Communications Director Rachel Perrone at rachel@rhrealitycheck.org.

  • miki

    Pardon, but I am a woman–a fully liberated woman, in the most profound sense of the word–and I have to tell you, Megan, that I am absolutely *overjoyed* that the Stupak Amendment passed.

     

    In reality, this means that fewer women will be raped by a system that continues to call abortion a "service" rather than what it really is.

     

    There is also the problem that if any healthcare bill passes into law using my tax dollars to fund abortion, I will no longer be paying ANY taxes, period. I will sooner go to prison (and stay there) rather than let my hard-earned money be coercively used to kill other human beings.

     

    I am sorry that you are so upset by this, but your attitudes do not speak for all women, or even a majority of women. You certainly don’t speak for me.

     

    And, for the record, I worked as a nurse for fifteen years–it was in great part because of people like you, who confuse legitimate medical procedures that test for and treat disease (like pap smears) with oft-voluntary, deliberate life-ending crimes (like abortion and euthanasia) perpetrated against innocent persons because they’re not convenient for you, that I finally left health care. Keep your body to yourself and you won’t have to worry about getting pregnant. Spend more of your energy aiding women who are in abusive situations, and they won’t either….

     

    Just because a thing is "legal," that doesn’t make it right, Chica. Slavery was once legal, too. And human trafficking is still legal in many parts of the world. Still doesn’t make it MORAL. 

  • julie-watkins

    enforce Nature’s sexism rather than mitigate the discrimination by supporting reproductive choice (including comprehensive sex education and contraception). A theoretically legal choice isn’t much help when there are barriers, TRAP laws, and targeted harrassment of providers.

  • alexa

    In my opinion, you should be thrown in jail for being so ignorant and gloating in the oppression of women and their right to avail themselves of a safe medical procedure.  People like you, women like you, actually, make me want to hurl.

  • megan-evans

    Miki,

    I can’t tell you how *overjoyed* I am that you left healthcare!

     

    (1) Abortion is a medical procedure.  As a nurse, you should know this.  

     

    (2) I find it ironic that you use the word "rape" when talking about abortion.  In the broadest sense, rape is something that was done to you without your permission.  However, abortion is this country is a choice for women.  By supporting this ridiculous amendment, you are supporting taking away a choice for women…kinda of like rape.  

     

    (3) You do know that your tax dollars go to covering abortion in the case of rape and incest, right?  Sorry if I’m the one to break the news to you.  I’m sure all the women you have helped thank you though.  

     

    (4) Thanks to the Hyde Amendment, passed in 1976, no federal funds can pay for abortion.  So, in turn, until the Hyde Amendment is overturned, no health care proposal can pay for abortion care.  Something that has been mentioned ad nauseum in this debate but no one seems to understand it or listen.  

     

    (5) We obviously have a differing opinion on what is life and when does it begin.  I respect your opinion, but in the end do still feel like I speak for the MAJORITY of women.  Some women will never need that abortion provision in their insurance, but in a country where 1 and 3 women get an abortion, this bill effects A LOT of women.  

     

    (6) How can you be a liberated women when you celebrate women’s rights being taken away and measures put in place to make it harder to seek the health care they need and WANT?  In my opinion, a liberated woman does not perpetuate the patriarchal society that surrounds her.

     

    You think by denying access to abortion for hundreds of thousands of women you are doing them a favor?  You’re not!  You are aiding to the problem and working against so many women that need these services and seek them out.   

     

    And why don’t you put your energies towards preventing unwanted pregnancies?!?  Sex is going to happen-let’s make it safe sex.  Now there is something we can work together on. 

  • tonys

    Megan:

     

    How do you feel about the millions of women who have been killed since Roe v. Wade?  Why don’t you want to protect them?  What makes them different than the millions of "born" women you want to protect now?

     

    If you can’t see the hypocrisy in what you stand for, I pray that you are healed of your blindness.

     

    unborn female = born female

     

    What about that don’t you get?  You may want to choose another profession, if you can’t figure this all out.

     

     

    "It is poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish"  Mother Teresa

    TonyS

  • prochoiceferret

    What makes them different than the millions of "born" women you want to protect now?

    The fact that they (the "unborn" women) are using the bodily resources of the "born" women without the consent of the latter. Are you going to tell me that it’s okay for someone to use someone else in that way, involuntarily?