National Women’s Law Center: Translating Bart Stupak

Robin Marty

The National Women's Law Center, who has been forefront in pushing lawmakers to stop allowing insurers to implement sexist practices when it comes to insurance coverage, is continuing their campaign to stop the Stupak-Pitts amendment in becoming finalized in the health bill.

Their latest video is a compilation of what Congressman Bart Stupak (D - MI) says publicly about abortion, and what he really means.

The National Women’s Law Center, who has been forefront in pushing lawmakers to stop allowing insurers to implement sexist practices when it comes to insurance coverage, is continuing their campaign to stop the Stupak-Pitts amendment in becoming finalized in the health bill.

Their latest video is a compilation of what Congressman Bart Stupak (D – MI) says publicly about abortion, and what he really means.

The video, which can be seen below, is a drive to send a message to your lawmakers to ensure abortion care is provided in the final bill.

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House Schedules Another Vote Against Health-Care Law During National Women’s Health Week

Erin Matson

The House of Representatives is expected Thursday to vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act—the 37th time the Republican-dominated body has voted to defund, repeal, or otherwise dismantle the law.

The House of Representatives is expected Thursday to vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The repeal vote would represent the 37th time the Republican-dominated body has voted to defund, repeal, or otherwise dismantle President Obama’s signature health-care law, an effort that has not moved forward in the Democrat-dominated Senate.

According to an analysis in the the New York Times, Thursday’s likely vote represents “at least the 43rd day since Republicans took over the House that they have devoted time to voting on the issue.”

To put that in perspective, they have held votes on only 281 days since taking power in January 2011. …

“[S]ince 2011, House Republicans have spent no less than 15 percent of their time on the House floor on repeal [of the health-care law] in some way.”

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A video released Wednesday by the House Democratic Caucus claims that House Republican activity against the health-care law has cost taxpayers $52.4 million.

The vote comes during National Women’s Health Week, May 12 to 18, as declared by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health. Proponents of the health-care law frequently tout its preventive care and anti-gender rating provisions as a victory for women’s health.

With regards to representation, women hold 17.9 percent of seats in the House of Representatives. A breakdown of the numbers by party shows that women hold about 8 percent of the majority Republican seats and 29 percent of the minority Democratic seats.

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McKillip Defends His 20-Week No-Exceptions Abortion Ban on Specious Grounds

Robin Marty

I know I always let the insurance folk make my medical decisions.

State Representative Doug McKillip is still defending his “no exceptions” ban on abortions after 20 weeks, the ban that dooms a pregnant woman to carry and give birth to fetuses with severe anomalies unless they can *prove* the child will die as soon as it is born, and, in the case of an abortion, would force her to undergo whatever procedure makes it “most likely the child will survive,” even if that means a forced cesarean section that could affect all future deliveries.

Now, he’s telling the audiences in his debates with Republican Regina Quick that he spoke to numerous obstetricians who said his bill was ok.  But more importantly, the insurance industry approved it, too.

Via the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

McKillip said he indeed talked to and “got great advice” from obstetricians:

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“More importantly, I talked to the insurance providers – the people who actually pay the bills for the tests that are necessary to provide the better care. They said, ‘We will simply do the tests earlier.’…In fact it will result in better care for pregnant women. It will result in no barbaric, late-term abortion which results in physical pain to the baby. And it will make Georgia a leader in the pro-life movement. So I’m afraid my pro-choice opponent is badly out of step with Republican principles of life in this state.’

There’s a problem with getting medical advice from insurers. They don’t have medical degrees. Moreover, tests that reveal many fetal anomalies can’t be done earlier because often serious issues aren’t reveal until 20 weeks, which is why a pregnant woman is told to wait until then.

Most earlier tests — amniocentesis, quad screens and CVs — are actually paid out-of-pocket and are not covered by insurance unless a doctor can prove that you are high risk and the tests are necessary. And in the case of amnio, doctors weight the risk of the likelihood of an anomaly with the risk of miscarriage that the procedure can cause.

So, in order to “save babies” from a pain that the vast majority of the medical profession agrees a fetus cannot feel, McKillip wants to increase the risk of miscarriage.

How very pro-life of him.

Watch it here: