The two bills passed Friday would “undermine access to comprehensive reproductive health care and criminalize the practice of medicine,” says the president of the National Partnership for Women and Families.
Democrats accused Republicans of engaging in a “witch hunt” against Planned Parenthood, as Republicans discussed two new bills that would let states defund Planned Parenthood with no proof of wrongdoing.
“It’s just a fake front issue to talk about abortion,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said of HR 7, the anti-choice bill passed just hours before Tuesday’s State of the Union address. “What they’re really talking about is contraception, family planning, the judgment of women.”
Congressman Joe Pitts used a misleading and inaccurate interpretation of medical law to push for the passage of H.R. 358, the Let Women Die Act of 2011. Chillingly, the bill that was passed would ensure that hospitals’ institutional dictates, including those at odds with medical science, could override the consciences of the doctors who work for them, even when those dictates unreasonably risk women’s lives.