My closet is full of clothes. I hate throwing stuff away. I have clothes in various sizes in my closet. I have new clothes and old clothes. However unlike Joan Crawford, I do indeed have wire hangers in my closet. But despite despite having a couple of minidresses that are pre Roe v Wade, I agree with Joan Crawford " No more wire hangers". Wire hangers are cheap and easy to get. Let's not have them substitute for access to safe and affordable abortions.
If the crazy, but wily, Republican right gets their way, access for perhaps 90% or more of all women, will end with the passage of the trio of these three bill....The Pence bill which cuts off funding for Planned Parenthood's women's wellness programs from birth control to pap smears, the Smith bill which codifies Hyde, eliminate abortion coverage in private and employer insurance and the Pitts bill, aka the "Let Women Die" bill which eliminates it in under the new health care act. Both Smith and Pitts have hidden land mines, well, actually, they are hiding in plain sight. It's why they won't eliminate the Let Women Die provision. Because that gives them the right to have private parties go to court to get an injunction, from a friendly anti choice judge, to stop federal funds to health care entities that provide abortion. Essentially it gives anti choice zealots an veto over abortion. More on that in my next post.
Here's the MoveOn youtube with our favorite hospital administrator, Lisa Edelstein of the show House.
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MoveOn deserves our help in stepping up for women. Or as Anthony Weiner said at the HR #358 press conference last week "Anyone who knows a woman."
The new ad calls out the Republican efforts for what they are: an attempt to send women back to the back alley. But far too few people even know about their efforts. So to stop them, we've got to get this ad out far and wide, and make sure voters see just what Republicans are trying to do.
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Women's rights leaders have warned that the Republican effort would be a radical, far-reaching rollback of women's rights. Rep. Carolyn Maloney called it "the deepest attack on a woman's right to choose in my lifetime." Expert Jessica Arons said it would "accomplish the unstated end of making abortion as difficult to obtain as possible without actually criminalizing it."
One bill would effectively prevent women from purchasing insurance that includes abortion coverage in the new insurance exchanges even if they're using their own money. Experts warn this type of restriction could lead to insurance companies dropping abortion coverage entirely. The same bill would also levy a tax on small businesses and individuals who purchase insurance coverage that includes abortion.
Another bill would, incredibly, allow hospitals to turn away a woman seeking an abortion, even if she'll die without it—a major change from current law.
Republicans have a real chance of passing these bills—unless we sound the alarm right away. Can you help us get this new ad on the air? Just click here to donate and watch the new ad.
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–Kat, Michael, Lenore, Tim, and the rest of the team