Acts of Outrage, Indifference and Arrogance

April 11, 2011 • Family Planning, Reproductive Health, United States, Daily Email Recap


BLOG: Acts of Outrage, Indifference and Arrogance

Date: Friday, February 25, 2011
Source: Huffington Post
Author: Rep. Carolyn Maloney

The current Republican attack on women’s personal liberties, our access to reproductive health services and our right to lifesaving medical care is stunning in its scope, appalling in its indifference, and outrageous in its arrogance. Their proposals go way beyond anything in current law, significantly reducing access to family planning services and making abortion uninsurable. For years, anti-choice advocates succeeded in whittling away at reproductive freedoms, but the current three-pronged attack goes far beyond anything in existing law and is dangerous beyond measure.

First, there is HR 358, which would allow medical providers to decline to treat a woman whose life is at risk if doctors believe the treatment might harm her fetus. Furthermore, if a woman’s condition is so serious that she needs to be hospitalized, the GOP proposal would permit the hospital to decline to perform a life-saving abortion or to transfer her to another facility that will. Some critics are understandably calling this bill the “Let Women Die Act.”

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