To say abortion is stigmatized in this country is to state the obvious. But we have a special brand of taboo that we foist atop even that stigma, which is the taboo of having someone else pay for a service you need – especially if it’s an abortion. Yet while abortion may be legal, but if you cannot afford it, it’s inaccessible.
As a rabbi, I have to say, money is only part of the issue surrounding this abortion tax hike. My concern is really about a religious minority – so extreme and desperate in an anti-abortion position and inventiveness – that it is turning to the tax code to pressure all of us to live by their restrictive faith teachings.
Egypt is celebrating new freedom and pending Democracy. We in America, on the other hand, must deal with Republican obstructionism against our own freedom of choice.
Clergy and people of faith are speaking up in a new campaign about the outrageous “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” It’s deceptive and reveals a profound lack of respect for the sacredness of women’s lives.
HIV exposed babies who don’t contract the disease face greater danger from other diseases; Texas reels back a heinous abortion bill to be something minorly less heinous; Ohio Right to Life says no thanks to the “heartbeat” bill; and more Democratic Senators speak out against the wave of anti-woman, anti-health care mania that’s swept the GOP.
An Ohio bill would make abortion illegal after about 4 days of pregnancy, more articles questioning anti-choice bills, important Prop 8 ruling expected, two Senators lead oppostion to anti-choice legislation, and a homophobic podiatrist.
Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, is the GOP’s anti-women, anti-abortion plan backfiring, sex education is needed throughout life, and a high school sets up HIV testing as a class project.
Rep. Chris Smith’s bill may have the “forcible rape” language removed but the truth is he still wants millions of women to go without access to safe, legal abortion care: from women serving in the military to women who purchase their own private insurance coverage.
Chris Smith will remove the word “forcible” from his bad anti-abortion bill, NRTL says Medicaid doesn’t pay for the abortions of unbattered rape victims anyway, will contraceptives become free preventative medicine, don’t try to read RH Reality Check on a ferry in Canada, and the Senate does not repeal the health care law.
Arizona looks at banning race and sex selection abortions, despite the fact that it makes no sense, young women infected with HIV are more likely to become pregnant and have complications, hearings scheduled on the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” and women are a separate species – an unexplainable one at that.