The U.S. House voted to avoid a government shutdown and fund Planned Parenthood, but the right-wing fight against women’s health care is far from over.
The misleadingly-named “Women’s Public Health and Safety Act” would allow states to kick health-care providers out of their Medicaid programs for performing abortions, or being connected in almost any way to abortion services.
Republican lawmakers asked Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards the same questions over and over, seeming not to care what her answers were or whether their questions were grounded in reality.
Almost 40 years since the Hyde Amendment was first passed, another Supreme Court fight over reproductive health-care access and income inequality is shaping up.
Boehner doesn’t have to worry about losing his speakership or the damaging effects on party morale that a failed attempt to oust him would have. He can comfortably pass a “clean” temporary spending bill that includes funding for Planned Parenthood.
The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to block a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood for one year, but the clock is still ticking on a potential government shutdown.
Mitch McConnell offered up a bill on Tuesday that would fund the government, but defund Planned Parenthood. The bill is expected to receive a vote on Thursday.
Opponents of HR 36 attacked the bill on the grounds that it is unconstitutional; violates the rights of women in desperate situations, including rape and incest victims; and threatens doctors with criminal penalties for trying to do what’s best for their patients.
Rep. Mike Coffman, an ardently anti-choice Republican, included the PPAF logo in his campaign ad last year in an effort to appeal to women voters.
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.