Obama Administration Will Veto HR 358


Tomorrow, the House Republicans will be introducing the so called “Protect Life Act,” a sort of supersized anti-choice bill designed to add restrictions to coverage of abortions in the health care exchange that would be so onerous it could cause insurance companies to stop covering the procedure, even in private insurance plans, allow hospitals to refuse to provide abortions if they receive Medicaid and Medicare funding, even if the procedure would save a woman’s life, and would permanently enshrine the Hyde Amendment banning federal funding of abortions.

Should the bill pass, however, the White House has just released a statement saying they would veto it.

From the White House:

The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 358 because, as previously stated in the Statement of Administration Policy on H.R. 3, the legislation intrudes on women’s reproductive freedom and access to health care and unnecessarily restricts the private insurance choices that women and their families have today. 

Longstanding Federal policy prohibits Federal funds from being used for abortions, except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered.  The Affordable Care Act preserved this prohibition and included policies to ensure that Federal funding is segregated from any private dollars used to fund abortions for which Federal funding is prohibited.  The President’s Executive Order 13535 reinforces that Federal funding cannot be used for abortions (except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered) and ensures proper enforcement of this policy.  H.R. 358 goes well beyond the safeguards found in current law and reinforced in the President’s Executive Order by restricting women’s private insurance choices.

If the President is presented with H.R. 358, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.

Without the 2/3rds majority needed to overrule, we are once again watching Republicans vote to restrict women’s access to health care to score some political points knowing full well they will never be held responsible for the fallout.

Political theater, once again.

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  • freetobe

    thought about what will happen if Obama does not win re-election next year?? Kiss our rights goodbye.

    I have yet to see any real outraged women in this country. Is it that women just don’t have the time to save themselves and their daughters future or is it that are to afraid to stand up for thier rights?

    I don’t get it. I am 54 soon to be 55 and I care about the future of women in this country. Where is eveyone else? Yes there are a handfull of us that comment on here and I have seen up to 500 comment on care2 site maybe about 20 comment on Alternet where are the rest of the women in this country?Why are their not millions of us on the streets and infiltrating the media ? Do you know what is going to happen in the future do you want to lose most all of your rights?

    You see for me it is a life or death decision. After living with a male tyrant for 9 years i became very angry with the lack of womans equality in this country the supposed land of the free and made the decision then that I would fight to the death before I ever became chattel again. So maybe it is just me who is the angry one?

    Yes it is the land of the free but only for white males. Women,blacks American indians( the true Americans) and hispanics sorry you don’t get freedom only mile high walls of obstruction.

  • reproductivefreedomfighter

    The House is just chock-full of misogynists, isn’t it?  Theatre is right.  Ugh.  They don’t want to raise taxes on the rich, but they’re OK with wasting our time, their time, and the president’s time on crap like this, a bill that will be vetoed?!?  I’m glad, at least, to hear that he will veto it. 

  • intelligiant84

    Another reason for me NOT TO BE A CATHOLIC, one of the most sexist religions who have pedophile priests they continue protect while pushing this nonsense to make women pay which is what the Catholic church has been doing for thousands of years, yeah but they know God’s mind or whatever, yeah right! NOT. VETO this garbage Obama!

  • intelligiant84

    Free too be , Yes I am on the same page as you when will all of these young women start speaking out, because it doesn’t affect me because i ma 58 so when will they become outraged. 

  • jsygrl

    Who is going to care of these motherless babies when they let the mother die?