Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann Co-Sponsor Another Anti-Abortion Bill

Last week Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and former presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) have joined forces behind yet another anti-abortion bill.

Paul, who hasn’t managed to show up for a majority of congressional votes this year due to his campaign schedule has made supporting the Stop Abortion Funding in Multi-state Exchange Plans (SAFE) Act a priority. The bill would block any multi-state health plan from offering coverage for elective abortions.

According to Paul and other Republican supporters, making sure federal funding does not go to providing comprehensive women’s health coverage is a necessity despite the fact that federal law already prohibits the use of taxpayer funding for abortion.

Under the bill the government would have to ensure that “no multi-State qualified health plan offered in an Exchange provides coverage of abortion.” Like other federal funding bans the bill allows a narrow exception in the case of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is at risk.

Given Paul’s support it’s probably safe to assume the rape exception is only in those cases of an “honest rape.”

In a final twist of hypocrisy from Paul and the other “states rights” sponsors, the bill prohibits states from pre-empting the law and guaranteeing coverage on their own. That means that the states are beholden to the federal government here, because Paul and his supporters believe that freedom from unnecessary government intrusion is apparently a right only held by men.

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Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin3 years ago

Please, can't someone (the FBI, Secret Service, TSA, ICE?) send both Bachmann and Paul (throw in Booner, Romney, Ryan, Akin, etc) to a mental institution for an extensive psychriatic evaluation?

Gabriel M.
Gabriel M.3 years ago

Oh Pieklo, I most often just avoid your articles these days, but I must check in once in a while to laugh at your incredibly biased and unbalanced "reporting". You think you're part of the solution- but you're actually part of the problem. When people start twisting facts and letting their bias get the best of them they do no service to humanity, even if their goal or intent is noble. The ends don't justify the means.

Ed G.
Edward G.4 years ago

The only idea I can come up is that the republicans know they are not going to win the election so they are trying to use women as the scape goat so they can say to themselves well we lost the election because of the Romeny (No win president try) so we cab scapegoat the women issue . They are trying to loose the election on purpose.

Frances C.
Frances C.4 years ago

Sorry Mrs Obama, I was watching you on tv, and called Bachmann Obama. I wouldn't compare anyone I liked to Michelle Bachmann.

Frances C.
Frances C.4 years ago

Leslie G. Are you suggesting that Michelle Obama has a brain? Bachmann, Palin, Brewer, I am not a witch, and the other clueless tea baggers missed the line that was handing out brains and common sense.

Frances C.
Frances C.4 years ago

All the right wing dumb-asses stick together.

Diana Bair
Diana Bair4 years ago

When are these idiots going to leave WOMEN alone???. They DO NOT CARE about these children after birth.......ALL THEY WANT IS TO CONTROL WOMEN, Or they would vote YES FOR child/baby medicial COVERAGE, THINK......... They just raise HADES, while the baby is......WHERE?????????..........INSIDE the MOTHER!!. What happens after the little darling is .....BORN?????. The HADES with it.......THEY could CARE LESS. Parents Can't afford food, diapers, much LESS shots, medicine, sickness, the REPUBLICIANS/TEAPARTY, need to THINK past the BIG belly. THERE is a BIGGER picture....HERE...... Babies get SICK, THEY can DIE.....without medicial intervention. if there is none bye bye baby, AND hospitials will not see you without PAYMENT, We have A friend her SON was BADLY INJURED, .....NO MEDICIAL COVERAGE, He was bleeding BAD. HOSPITIAL SAID You have to pay us $100.00, to see him then payments, DID NOT HAVE $100.00,........NO CAN SEE, A CLINIC....WORSE DO YOU HAVE MEDICIAL COVERAGE???? NO........CASH.......NO, THE LADY LOOKS AROUND FOR other patients and goes........NEXT!!!!!!!!!. This is how people are treated, if they have no WAY to PAY...........HUMANS. I wii die before a vote GOP/TEAPARTY. Diana.

Nadine Hudak
Nadine H.4 years ago


yana dimitrova
yana dimitrova4 years ago

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yana dimitrova
yana dimitrova4 years ago

Thank you