House Passes H.R. 3, Reproductive and Women’s Groups Respond

All House Republicans and 16 Democrats voted to pass H.R. 3, a alleged “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortions” bill introduced by New Jersey Senator Chris Smith.

The bill, which many called “Super Hyde” as it took the rules already in place in the Hyde Amendment that forbid government funds to be used in abortions except in the case of rape, incest or health of the mother, then ups the definition of “government funds” to include any possible funding in the new health insurance exchanges that will be open due to health care reform, effectively banning abortion coverage by all participating insurers.  H.R. 3 would also codify new additional conscience clauses for the health care industry, allowing anyone involved to refuse to perform an abortion for any reason, even if the woman needing the abortion’s life is in danger.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi railed against the bill on the House floor, calling it a  “A diversion…legislation which is extreme and divisive and harmful to women’s health…a radical assault on women’s access to the full range of reproductive health care services.”  She implored the Republican party to focus on jobs like they had promised to do.

Responses to the passage of the bill by women’s rights and reproductive rights groups was unanimous.  Stephanie Schriock of EMILY’s List stated, “Republican leaders once again showed American women they care more about taking away their access to health care than they do about creating jobs. The economic recovery they campaigned on was just the first half of a bait and switch. Turns out, the number one GOP priority is an obsession with taking away women’s freedoms and their opportunities to keep themselves and their families healthy.”

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said “Despite facing intense public backlash for bringing the government to the brink of shutdown over defunding Planned Parenthood, Speaker Boehner and his allies have resumed their War on Women with the passage of H.R.3. This bill is so extreme that it manipulates the tax code to advance anti-choice policies and could spur the IRS to audit rape and incest survivors who choose abortion care.”

Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, agreed, stating, “True to form, the House majority has cast a wide net in its attack on women’s health and rights — this time, trying to use the tax code to eradicate all insurance coverage for abortion. This move is the height of hypocrisy, because politicians who regularly rail against big government today voted to raise taxes on millions of families and small businesses — merely to stop them from purchasing insurance plans that cover abortion.”

And Jon O’Brien, the president of Catholics for Choice, responded, “The vote is a rejection of the values that the Republican Party claims to represent. What is Republican about its leadership’s obsession with the private healthcare decisions that women make? The Republican Party’s platform calls for ‘improving public health through flexibility and innovation’ and ‘giving patients and providers control over treatment options.’ How does this move improve public health? How does it give women more control over their treatment options? Where does the platform state that we must destroy the social supports on which the less well-off rely? Finally, I must ask why the Republican elite is obsessed with the decisions that women and their partners make about whether to start or continue a pregnancy.

“The majority of the 68 million American Catholics — in fact, the majority of Americans — do not believe that government should be a party to the private deliberations women and their families make about healthcare. The vote that we witnessed today, led by those who oppose abortion in every instance — even in cases of rape, incest or when it is necessary to preserve a woman’s health or life — is shared by fewer than 15 percent of American Catholics and only 11 percent of the American populace at large.”

H.R. 3 will now face an uphill battle in the senate, where it is likely to fail.  Should it pass, President Obama’s team has already stated he is likely to veto the bill.  Then it would become a question of whether Republicans will finally be willing to let the war on women end, or if they will begin tacking their provisions on to every bill, as some in the GOP have threatened.

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Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

Those 16 democrats and and 37 no-sayers in the poll, should be forsed to pay for every child forcefully born by women denied an abortion!
Let's hope none of your sisters, mothers, daughters, other female relatives and friends ever get raped or risk their healths and lifes by carrying a fetus to full term!
This legislation not only attacks women; It attacks poor women. It means that if you are a poor woman, without private insurance (who can afford that?) are forced to either endure a pregnancy and delivery or seek risky abortion providers! Oh, what has become of the land of the free? It is now the land of the filthy rich!

Danny W.
Danny Wilson5 years ago

The elections are rigged

Pego R.
Pego R.5 years ago

I would not have thought that many here would vote Rep, tho I see evidence otherwise. We also seem to have lost ground with Dems. I think it is only going to get worse if we don't cut lobby and corporate money out of elections. In truth, any private money. At this time it seems that only rich people who owe their souls to corporations can get to any high office. Then they keep throwing out all this fish bait to distract from all that

John Bauer
Past Member 5 years ago

you know what is amazing, is if everyone on this forum is against what the Republicans are proposing but still just arguing on the pro-life or pro-choice sides, why doesn't all of you not vote Republican? Every day I see a new article on care2 about something the Republicans are doing and sure enough, they keep getting into power. Bush won his second term by bringing up the phrase "pro-life and abortion" when he campaigned around in the Bible-belt states. Did he do anything with it? No, it was just a ploy to get in office again.

Its amazing that people complain about what someone in the government does but when they come up on the ballot again, they vote for them. I looks like both pro-life people and pro-choice people think this bill is stupid and the people who made it is stupid as well. So, if you really, truly and honestly want to fix this, then vote someone else in next time.

Pego R.
Pego R.5 years ago

Adios and go with my sincere wish that you can imagine enduring what you would so callously bestow on others. What, in fact could be your own lot in life if ill luck strikes you as it does so many these days. That your children are all congenitally defective and that you lose your job and insurance JUST as another baby is coming along and you are unable to get the vitamin supplements from Planned Parenthood that would prevent this congenital defect, because you voted to close them.

Imagine that you do not find out until too late that you do not have a simple STD/infection but prostate cancer, that could have been treated successfully if you had gone to Planned Parenthood for a simple STD test and prostate exam. That your step-dad rapes and impregnates your 12 year old sister, who dies in agony before she is 13 because the pharmacist would not provide that abortion pill, due to a personal disbelief, exactly like your own, in abortion and that, once again Planned Parenthood was not available due to your need to vote to stop women from accessing that drug, even at their own expense.


And just for once have some compassion and enough humility to realize that people who offer you the chance to control other people's bodies, don't think much about your rights

Pego R.
Pego R.5 years ago

You forgot to mention the abortion pill.
I have not actually even once seen any evidence of thinking on your part. You watched the propaganda, announced that you believe, (without any external evidence shown here that you have bothered to think it through) and that you are "For" what they told you to vote for. Every challenge directed to you to address anything left out of those propaganda films/pamphlets/koolaide, you were COMPLETLY incapable of addressing. You also do not seem to know or realize that before Christian colonization, every community on the planet had birth control routines and abortificants (111 herbs for that use alone that could end a pregnancy before a fetus was developed. You appear to want to go back, not to those times, but to the dark ages, when women could do nothing but leave infants out on the hills for wild animals to rip apart and devour.

Brendan B.
Brendan B.5 years ago

Last post, since you don't seem to care what anyone thinks but yourself...

The two most common methods of abortion (the injecting of a saline solution which burns the child to death and the cutting up of the child so that it can be suctioned out) are signs that our society has returned to a pre civilized state. These acts are barbaric. Punto... finito.

I do hope that you find some peace, Pego. I'm sure you are a good person, just confused and angry.

Pego R.
Pego R.5 years ago

I am also quite entertained that you conflate my addressing your poor choices and lack of logic or compassion harshly, with an attack on your existence.

I only know what you have brought to this table, trolling for a hassle and getting it. You want to impose your ideology on the bodies and lives of women and children you do not know and have no interest, compassion, or responsability for. When challenged all you are capable of is falling back on "I don't see anything wrong with my utter lack of intellectual or compassionate activity, so YOU must just be a hater."

Pego R.
Pego R.5 years ago

Men who want to tyrannize women often go to that. The women are crazy and emotional so WE Men, and those women who do as we say, should make all these pesky decisions. Then they can live with the consequences while we men go on with our own business. Because, of course, the consequences of those decisions are not your problem.

Pego R.
Pego R.5 years ago

Not one point addressed I see