HR3 Hits the Calendar
March 5, 2011 â nvrdc
HR 3, the âNo Tax Payer Funding for Abortion Actâ has left the Judiciary committee with a recommendation that it be brought up on the full House floor for debate. Still part of that bill is the onerous language defining what constitutes rape:
SEC. 309. TREATMENT OF ABORTIONS RELATED TO RAPE, INCEST, OR PRESERVING THE LIFE OF THE MOTHER.
The limitations established in sections 301, 302, 303, and 304 shall not apply to an abortionâ
(1) if the pregnancy occurred because the pregnant female was the subject of an act of forcible rape or, if a minor, an act of incest; or [emphasis added]
(2) in the case where the pregnant female suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would, as certified by a physician, place the pregnant female in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself.
NO AMENDMENTS to this bill have been listed/posted to THOMAS (Library of Congress) by the Judiciary Committee.
You can access other articles Iâve posted on this bill HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. Expect that when this bill comes up for a debate on the floor for pieces of the other proposed bills will be offered up as Amendments, as the authors of the other bills try to get their bills passed as tack-ons to HR3.
Hereâs what HR3 does:
- Raises taxes and increases costs on individuals and small businesses with insurance plans that cover abortion, which could force individuals and employers to drop abortion coverage from their health insurance plans. It could even shut down the entire private market for insurance coverage that includes abortion.
- Writes into permanent law a ban on insurance coverage for abortion for ALL women who depend on the government for their health care. This includes low-income women currently covered under Medicaid, women who will become eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, women serving in the U.S. military, federal employees, residents of the District of Columbia, women in federal prisons and women covered by the Indian Health Service.
- Unbelievably, H.R. 3 contains no exceptions for circumstances where a woman faces serious health consequences, even if continuing the pregnancy could cause stroke or paralysis.
We need to besiege Rep. Heller with phone calls and emails letting him know that if he truly is a small government Republicans who believes in liberty, he should NOT be voting to a bill that squarely inserts the Government into every decision made by a woman and her doctor whenever reproductive choices are being considered. If he needs to understand what that means, he should look at the actions recently taken by the GOP members of the Wyoming Assembly/Senate on this issue. Watch this Rachel Maddow episode about the Big Government in your face anti-abortion bill that just fail in the most Republican Legislature in the Nation â the Wyoming Legislature.
Source: Nevada Rural Democratic Caucus