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November 24, 2004

War on rights

Republicans have launched their war on reproductive rights here on U.S. soil.

The Bush administration obviously didn't get enough when it first went overseas and took away federal funding from family planning clinics and services that offered, or even discussed the option of, abortions.

Now Bush and the Republican Congress are sneaking in a provision into a $388 billion measure that would allow U.S. health care companies, insurance companies and hospitals to flat-out ignore Roe v. Wade and state and local laws that ensure women have access to safe abortions.

It denies federal funds to government agencies that go against health care companies that decide to skirt the law requiring states to offer abortion-related services.

If set in stone, this provision would undoubtedly curb access to abortion and even to counseling that mentions abortion as an option. And not too far down the road, look for the horror of health care companies instructing their doctors not to provide patients with information about abortions.

In this next Congressional session, we -- following Sen. Barbara Boxer's lead -- must push to have this backward measure repealed.

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Posted by Colleen Pohlig at November 24, 2004 11:53 AM



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