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Virginia GOP Attack Medicaid Abortion Funding

Virginia GOP Attack Medicaid Abortion Funding

Today the Virginia House Health, Welfare and Institutions subcommittee voted in favor of House Bill 62 which would repeal current law that provides for state funding for an abortion to low-income women when a doctor believes and certifies that the fetus would be born with a gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity or mental deficiency.

The measure now moves to the full House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee.

The bill passed despite medical testimony opposing the bill including testimony from professional groups like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The attacks on women coming from the Commonwealth has been horrific as of late, but this bill is especially mean-spirited and cruel. In the past fiscal year only 23 women received state Medicaid funds to terminate a pregnancy based on a fetal anomaly diagnosis costing the Commonwealth less than $15,000.

Women’s health advocates came out in strong opposition to the measure. “Today’s vote is both shameful and callous,” said Katherine Greenier, Director of the Patricia M. Arnold Women’s Rights Project at the ACLU of Virginia. “HB 62 denies low-income women access to safe care for no other reason than their poverty.  No woman plans to have an abortion, but if she needs one, every woman deserves the opportunity to make the best decision for her circumstances. Women and their families should have access to safe and affordable health services, especially in a medical crisis.”

The Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition offered the following statement. “The Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition denounces the House passage of this bill as callous and unsupportive of women’s health. HB 62 will leave low-income women in Virginia with no options for a pregnancy that has gone tragically wrong.”

“Every woman’s situation is different. Many things can go wrong in a pregnancy. No woman plans to have an abortion, but if she needs one, every woman deserves the opportunity to make the best decision for her unique circumstances. Women and their families should have access to safe and affordable health services, especially in a medical crisis.”

This is just the latest in a series of indignities the women of Virginia face. This week the Commonwealth also mandated transvaginal ultrasounds before getting an abortion and declared fetal cells persons. But to close the week out attacking poor women simply for being poor, this represents a new low even for anti-choice zealots.

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6:08PM PST on Mar 6, 2012

They are the inland terrorists!!!

8:52PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

Health workers investigated over serious crimes
Julia Medew
February 17, 2012

pls note this http://www.care2.com/news/member/964135643/3107845

HUNDREDS of doctors, nurses and other health professionals were found to have worrying criminal histories that prompted investigations last year.

In its annual report for 2010-11, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency said criminal checks on 52,445 health professionals found nearly 3000 or 6 per cent had some kind of criminal history. Of those, 449 had committed offences serious enough to potentially affect their registration.

After national boards investigated these matters, the report said the registration of 40 health professionals was impacted by their offences, with one psychologist refused registration.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/arizona-wants-to-protect-doctors-who-lie-to-women.html#ixzz1mzKniRQb

9:14PM PST on Feb 19, 2012

The following is worth copying here, because it is so well said in the article above:
"The Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition offered the following statement. 'The Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition denounces the House passage of this bill as callous and unsupportive of women’s health. HB 62 will leave low-income women in Virginia with no options for a pregnancy that has gone tragically wrong.' 'Every woman’s situation is different. Many things can go wrong in a pregnancy. No woman plans to have an abortion, but if she needs one, every woman deserves the opportunity to make the best decision for her unique circumstances. Women and their families should have access to safe and affordable health services, especially in a medical crisis.' ”

4:52PM PST on Feb 18, 2012

The regressive Republican Party of No is obstructionist, mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, oily, anti-environment, anti-health, anti-consumer, anti-choice, anti-education, anti-99%, union busting, Medicare and Social Security slashing, fiscally irresponsible, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, out-of-touch, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous.

NEVER vote for Republicans.

10:31AM PST on Feb 18, 2012

I think I must clarify my stand here in a less offensive way. It's truly appalling and "offensive" to me that the GOP only considers life precious from the fertilized egg till birth. What might occur either during pregnancy, after, (neo/post natal care), insurance, the care of the woman or the child, even educational issues, and the ability of a parent to care for a child wehter or not it is monetarily feasible, and then when they become seniors - it's time to kill them off! but "god bless" the fertilized egg, the unwanted child, and the sickly senior citizen!

10:18AM PST on Feb 18, 2012

Yolanda M.
“USE CONDOMS, or if you're so pro-choice, buy contraception out of your own pocket. Why are you asking the government or the Church and it's affiliated hospitals to provide contraception, abortion-inducing drugs, or abortions?”

We are NOT “asking the government or the Church and it's affiliated hospitals to provide contraception, abortion-inducing drugs, or abortions”. We are asking that the church, it's affiliated hospitals, gov doesn’t dictate what kinds of coverage we can or cannot have access to in our own PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE that we pay for out of our own pockets.

3:28AM PST on Feb 18, 2012

The real issue here is that the Repiglicans want to drag women back to the 1850s. Actually they want to drag everyone back there, but they figure it will be easiest to kick us there first, because if they take away the control of our bodies, all it takes is serial rapists to keep us "in our place."

2:38AM PST on Feb 18, 2012

Virginia is yet another Hitler state.

8:19PM PST on Feb 17, 2012

before this is done, the woman must identify the baby's father, who then must submit to an intra-uterine device to capture dna evidence to prove fatherhood and if he decides that the child is unwanted, or there cannot be an abortion, the state must accept responsiblity for the raising of the child, including all expenses as deemed necessary by the birth parents, the birth parents shall in no way be responsible for any monetary expenses that the child born against their will shall accrue and the government must abide by the wishes of those parents to pay all expenses that the child's birth parents deem necessary for the child until the age of 21.

5:56PM PST on Feb 17, 2012

@ Barbara V. Thank you for saying what I wanted to say. I am sick to death with all these articles re: Womens rights. The Republicans want us to have no rights. This will be the last article Iwill click onto - they are all the same.

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