Repro Wrap: You Can’t Force a Taxpayer to Pay for an Abortion, But You Can Force a Dead Woman to Give Birth

This week, a committee of House Republicans restarted the war on women with a hearing on HB 7, a “no taxpayer funding of abortion” bill. Nothing in the bill hasn’t been proposed before, from codifying the Hyde Amendment, which forbids Medicaid from paying for any abortions except those caused by sexual assault or which could cause a serious harm to a pregnant person’s health, to expanded “conscience rights” when it comes to denying abortion care, working in a hospital with a patient who had an abortion or refusing to fill a birth control prescription. This retread bill has never passed the senate before and will not pass again this year, but, with the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade on the horizon, it is imperative that “pro-life” Congress members feed some red meat to their anti-choice base.

HB 7 serves as a clear reminder that the GOP’s first priority is to anti-choice activists and donors. If there was any doubt about that fact, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus dispelled it when he moved the party’s winter meeting so all of the RNC members could charter a bus to the March for Life.

So what does a truly “no taxpayer funding of abortions” policy look like? Now we can look to Alaska as the newest example. After writing new regulations on what passes as allowable for “medically necessary” abortion, the state has essentially eliminated any public funding, leaving the low income people in the state who do get pregnant and want to terminate with no support or options.

The family of Marlise Munoz, the pregnant mother of a toddler being kept on life support against her family’s wishes by a state that wants to keep her functioning until her baby is old enough to deliver, has decided to sue to have her removed. What may end up at the heart of the issue is what is Marlise’s actual diagnosis? As we’ve seen in the Jahi McMath case, a brain dead patient’s heart can be kept functioning for some period even with no brain stem activity, but not indefinitely. In discussing the McMath case, one doctor notes that in cases like Terri Schiavo, which was a vegetative state but not brain death, she could remain functioning for years. However, with actual brain death, that simply can’t be sustained, pointing to two pregnant women who were kept on life support just long enough to deliver babies — in both cases just a month.

If Munoz is truly brain dead, is the hospital literally keeping her on support as a long shot attempt to make it to viability? If that is the case, and especially without the family’s consent, then that is truly, truly monstrous.

Pro-life activists claim abortion restrictions would never lead to investigating miscarriages. Yet, when faced with a miscarriage, the first thing they do is investigate it as a homicide, even with this 911 call as evidence. Also, a doctor in West Virginia who claimed he saw abortion complications at least once a week may have to explain why it is that the state reports no known abortion complications in the last few years.

Mississippi wants their teens not to be able to easily access emergency contraception. Arizona wants their teens who get pregnant not only to only give birth, but always give that child up for adoption, too.

Still, there is good news to celebrate, too. Vermont will be proposing a bill to affirm the right to an abortionAustin city council members are urging national and state leaders to protect abortion rights; a New Hampshire bill would protect access to abortion clinics; and a Valencia County, N.M., push to ban abortion at 20 weeks failed to make it past the city council.

The Supreme court has set the date of March 25, 2014 as the day they will start reviewing the Hobby Lobby birth control case, and Wisconsin’s admitting privileges law will be reviewed federally in late May, in case you are stocking up on popcorn. Hopefully, those judges will be more open minded than these Texas judges were this week.

Speaking of Wisconsin, one anti-choice politician swears there are enough GOP votes to pass more abortion restrictions, if only the Senate majority leader would put them up for a vote. In other words, Wisconsin Republicans don’t want to actually pass more anti-choice bills, but if one was put in front of them they would vote for it to protect their seats. Why are they so afraid? Take a look at how much funding “family” and “pro-life” action groups in the state are getting, and who they are getting it from, and the answer becomes much clearer.

This is what it is like to try to get into an abortion clinic. No wonder we need buffer zones. Sadly, the Supreme Court will hear a case to consider removing buffer zones next week.

Finally, in the least shocking news ever, mandatory ultrasounds do nothing to reduce the number of people choosing an abortion after viewing one.

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Jerome S
Jerome S8 months ago


Jim V
Jim V8 months ago

thanks for sharing.

Michael T.
Michael T3 years ago

Thought folks would be interested to see this printed in the Forth Worth(less) Star Telegram had to say about what has currently been discovered.

"Attorneys for the family of a pregnant Haltom City woman who has been on life support at John Peter Smith Hospital for eight weeks issued a statement late Wednesday that the fetus is “distinctly abnormal.”

The 22-week-old fetus’s lower extremities are deformed and it is impossible to determine its gender, the attorneys for the woman’s husband, Erick Muñoz, said in an emailed statement.

“The fetus suffers from hydrocephalus [water on the brain].

It also appears that there are further abnormalities, including a possible heart problem, that cannot be specifically determined due to the immobile nature of Mrs. Muñoz’s deceased body,” the statement said.

The 22-week-old fetus’s lower extremities are deformed and it is impossible to determine its gender, the attorneys for the woman’s husband, Erick Muñoz, said in an emailed statement.


Many of us saw this coming

Donna Ferguson
Donna F4 years ago


Karen H.
Karen H4 years ago

Joseph B, taxpayer dollars pay for a lot of things people don’t agree with. As I pointed out in a previous comment, the state of Utah is using TWO MILLION tax payer dollars to pay for a lengthy fight with the Supreme Court over same-sex marriage. (Sign the petition on
So it’s okay for you and your buddies to say “My tax dollars won’t go for abortion, but whether you like it or not, YOUR tax dollars will go to fight same-sex marriage.”

benson gitonga
benson gitonga4 years ago


Jaime A.
Jaime A4 years ago


Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W4 years ago


Kyle N.
Kyle N4 years ago

Texas and states with laws like it are very screwed up!! People should have a choice with what they should do with their lives, even in cases of death. That gal for the peace of the family should have had the funeral by now to allow it all to go to rest. I am sick and tired of the religious extremists and their antichoice propoganda! Not all Republicans see themselves as anti-choice. I do consider myself a Pro Choice republican, do support free birth control, cheap abortions in cases where it is needed. A state that forces life support on the dead because of pregnancy is downright stupid and arrogant!

Carole L.
Carole L4 years ago

Jennifer B.
“I'm getting tired of the propaganda on Care2. Can we for once have an objective article that tells the opposing viewpoint? Or is that too much to ask?”

do you go to conservitive sites with the same request?

Anne M
“Well, they can monitor the fetus' heartbeat,, and as long as there is one,, why not let it go through gestation, till it is safe to remove it by cesarean ??”

as a retired care giver who worked 20 years with dd folks with Downs to those with autism, cp, some with multiple dianogis (multiple personality disorder), etc. I personally witnessed what can happen even under the 'best' of conditions things can go wrong. Tax payers help fund their care. are you willing to have your tax dollars go to help with the care of that 'child' should it “live” only as a vegitable in a meat sack.

Joseph B.
“What do you mean you can't force a taxpayer to pay for abortion?
Ever heard of Planned Parenthood? Obamacare? The Democrat Party platform?”

ever heard of the Hyde Amendment? Look it up.