Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Stay the heck outta my womb!!!

Right off the back, I’m pro-choice. Yes, I said pro-choice. I like having reproductive right in this country. And being a woman of mixed heritage-Indigenous Indian, American Black & Bermudian Black, any type of government involvement where my body is concerned makes me very, very hostile.

As for my views on abortion, I don’t have any. To me, it’s between The Most High God (by whatever name you call It) & the couple making the choice, PERIOD. Costs & whether or not it’s morally right means nothing to me because it’s not my choice to make & I don’t want to influence anyone on such a personal choice, PERIOD.

So I finally read the HR #3 bill. If you haven’t yet, here’s the summary. It can be found on http://www.opencongress.org/bill/all

Official Summary
1/3/2011--Introduced.No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act - Prohibits the expenditure of funds authorized or appropriated by federal law or funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by federal law (federal funds) for any abortion. Prohibits federal funds from being used for any health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion. (Currently, federal funds cannot be used for abortion services and plans receiving federal funds must keep federal funds segregated from any funds for abortion services.) Disallows any tax benefits for amounts paid or incurred for an abortion or for a health benefits plan that includes coverage of abortion, including any medical deduction for such amounts or any credit for such an employer-sponsored plan. Prohibits the inclusion of abortion in any health care service furnished by a federal or District of Columbia health care facility or by any physician or other individual employed by the federal government or the District. Provides that such prohibitions shall not apply to an abortion if:
(1) the pregnancy is the result of forcible rape or, if the pregnant woman is a minor, incest; or
(2) the woman suffers from a physical disorder, injury, or illness, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, that would place her in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, as certified by a physician. Makes such prohibitions applicable to District funds. Creates a cause of action for any violations of the abortion provisions of PPACA. Gives federal courts jurisdiction to prevent and redress actual or threatened violations of such provisions by issuing any form of legal or equitable relief, including an injunction or order preventing the disbursement of all or a portion of federal financial assistance until the prohibited conduct has ceased. Gives standing to institute an action to affected health care entities and the Attorney General. Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to designate the Director of the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to receive, investigate, and refer to the appropriate federal agency complaints alleging a violation of PPACA abortion provisions.

Now, from what I’m reading, they, those that proposed the bill, don’t want federal funds to pay for abortions. Oh, suddenly people worry about the tax payers money. Why did I have to fund a war for the 8 long ass years under Bush Jr.?? I sure as hell didn’t want to go to war with some little country. No national debate on that now was there?? (Sorry, back to point…) Funding abortions with tax payer money…current stats of abortion from the Census Bureau-http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2011/tables/11s0099.pdf

Looking at the stats, seems abortions are going down. White women still get more abortions than Black women & other nonwhite women so why the bill in the 1st place? Are the newly elected government officials really concerned about tax payer money or is it lobbyists? Well, here’s where the money trail...

Interests that support this bill:
• Christian Conservative
• Republican/Conservative
• Abortion policy/Pro-Life
• Churches, clergy & religious organizations
Top recipients for ALL supporting interest groups
Name Amount Received Vote On Passage
Rep. Addison Wilson [R, SC-2]
Rep. Michele Bachmann [R, MN-6]
Rep. Tom Graves [R, GA-9]
Rep. William Owens [D, NY-23]
Rep. Allen West [R, FL-22]
Rep. Paul Broun [R, GA-10]
Rep. Tim Huelskamp [R, KS-1]
Rep. Jeff Duncan [R, SC-3]
Rep. Tom McClintock [R, CA-4]
Rep. Ken Calvert [R, CA-44]

Sen. Patrick Toomey [R, PA]
Sen. Scott Brown [R, MA]
Sen. Harry Reid [D, NV]
Sen. Marco Rubio [R, FL]
Sen. Jim DeMint [R, SC]
Sen. John Thune [R, SD]
Sen. Robert Portman [R, OH]
Sen. Mark Kirk [R, IL]
Sen. John McCain [R, AZ]
Sen. Thomas Coburn [R, OK]
Specific Organizations Supporting H.R.3
• American Family Association
• National Right to Life Committee
• Susan B. Anthony List
• Family Research Council
• Priests for Life
• United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
• Concerned Women for America
• Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles
Interests that oppose this bill:
• Democratic/Liberal
• Women's issues
• Abortion policy/Pro-Choice
Top recipients for ALL opposing interest groups
Name Amount Received
Rep. William Owens [D, NY-23]
Rep. Chellie Pingree [D, ME-1]
Rep. Gary Peters [D, MI-9]
Rep. Allyson Schwartz [D, PA-13]
Rep. Judy Chu [D, CA-32]
Rep. Niki Tsongas [D, MA-5]
Rep. Kurt Schrader [D, OR-5]
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords [D, AZ-8]
Rep. Terri Sewell [D, AL-7]
Rep. Martin Heinrich [D, NM-1]

Sen. Michael Bennet [D, CO]
Sen. Barbara Boxer [D, CA]
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D, NY]
Sen. Patty Murray [D, WA]
Sen. Chris Coons [D, DE]
Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D, CT]
Sen. Scott Brown [R, MA]
Sen. Harry Reid [D, NV]
Sen. Al Franken [D, MN]
Sen. Charles Schumer [D, NY]
Specific Organizations Opposing H.R.3
• National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
• Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
• Planned Parenthood Action
• NARAL Pro-Choice America
• National Council of Jewish Women
• Reproductive Health Technologies Project
• National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
• Catholics for Choice
• American Civil Liberties Union

Just by who's paying who, you can see were the lines are drawn. But at what cost to women? Don't we have say about what happens to our bodies & our taxes? Where's the public debate?? And really, what's next to unfunded?

During the Bush Jr. terms, agencies that give aid to foreign countries weren’t allowed give out information about family planning or abortions. For those that don’t know, family planning is birth control; you know condoms, IUD, etc. In some of those same countries, marriages for girls started as young as 12 yrs old & they were having babies. In some of those same countries, women were being raped & killed by the those in power. Is that fair or even humane?? And it seems those that sponsor the bill want US women taxpayer to have the same limitiation on their rights...I don't think so.

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