Contact Your Legislators!
Today, the House of Representatives are voting on another anti-choice bill that will severely curtail abortion rights in the United States.
According to a summary by RH Reality Check, H.R. 358 will:
* Allow hospitals receiving federal funds to deny emergency abortions to women whose lives are in danger due to a pregnancy gone horribly wrong.
* Forbid state health care exchanges from providing abortion coverage even under policies paid for entirely with your own money. Exchanges are the public marketplaces for health insurance policies that will be rolled out by 2014 under the Affordable Care Act. Eventually, most people are expected to get their insurance through the exchanges. Exchanges were conceived as a means of expanding health care services, but under this and other legal restrictions they would in fact eliminate coverage most women already have. If H.R. 358 is successful, getting insurance that includes coverage for abortion will be nearly impossible – putting abortion out of reach of even more women.
* Place a gag order on insurers, preventing them from even giving women information about how to get abortion coverage.
President Obama has already said he will veto the bill if the House passes it. It is still very important to contact your Representatives and ensure they understand their constituency does not want this dangerous bill to even be passed.